Threatening in English
A mixed method approach
Julia Muschalik | Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Threatening is among the less pleasant “things we do with words”, but, together with other conflictive speech acts, it seems to play a central role in communication. Yet, little is still known about how and when exactly speakers threaten. The present volume addresses this void by giving an in-depth analysis of the form and function of this speech act. A set of authentic threat utterances is used to probe questions on the linguistic repertoire employed and the different objectives speakers pursue with their threats. Based on the central findings, a classification of two types of threats is proposed, each with distinctive formal and functional properties. The analysis employs a mixed method approach with a two-fold aim; by combining a qualitative discussion of examples with the application of innovative statistical methodology, the findings allow new insights into research on threats and, simultaneously, offer new perspectives on general research methodology.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 284] 2018. xiv, 246 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of tables | pp. xi–xii
List of figures | pp. xiii–xiv
Acknowledgement | pp. ix–x
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–8
Chapter 2. Threatening: Basic concepts and issues | pp. 9–36
Chapter 3. Data & methodology | pp. 37–50
Chapter 4. The form of threats | pp. 51–128
Chapter 5. The function of threats | pp. 129–180
Chapter 6. Conclusion | pp. 181–194
References | pp. 195–210
Appendix | pp. 211–244
Index | pp. 245–246
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics