Offers and Offer Refusals

A postcolonial pragmatics perspective on World Englishes

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This study offers a pragmatic dimension to World Englishes research. It is particularly timely because pragmatics has generally been understudied in past research on World Englishes, especially postcolonial Englishes. Apart from drawing attention to the paucity of research, the book also contributes to theory formation on the emerging theoretical framework, postcolonial pragmatics, which is then applied to data from two World (postcolonial) Englishes, Ghanaian and Cameroon Englishes. The copious examples used clearly illustrate how postcolonial societies realise various pragmatic phenomena, in this case offers and offer refusals, and how these could be fruitfully explained using an analytical framework designed on the complex internal set ups of these societies. For research on social interaction in these societies to be representative, it has to take into account the complex history of their evolution, contact with other systems during colonialism, and the heritages thereof. This book does just that.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 298]  2018.  xix, 316 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
xiii–xiv
List of tables
xv–xvi
List of figures
xvii
List of abbreviations
xix
Chapter 1. Introduction: Offers, refusals in postcolonial multilingual societies: New research directions
2–28
Chapter 2. Postcolonial pragmatics: A theoretical framework for postcolonial multilingual societies
30–62
Chapter 3. Offers, refusals and professional status
64–136
Chapter 4. Offers, refusals and age
138–193
Chapter 5. Offers, refusals and peer equality
196–248
Chapter 6. Postcolonial hybrid structures and social interaction
250–273
Chapter 7. Conclusion: On offer-refusal communicative acts: General implications for future research
276–283
References
285–295
Appendix 1. Discourse Completion Task Questionnaire
298
Appendix 2. Offer vertical structures in offer situation 1
300–302
Appendix 3. Offer vertical structures in offer situation 2
305–306
Appendix 4. Offer vertical structure in offer situation 3
307–308
Appendix 5. Positions of offer head acts in communicative acts
309–310
Name index
311
Subject index
313–315
“The volume can serve as a resourceful reference for researchers and students who are interested in postcolonial pragmatics, discourse analysis and variationist sociolinguistics.”
“This work represents the first book-length publication dealing with pragmatics in postcolonial Englishes and as such is most welcome to anyone interested in these varieties of English and this dimension of linguistic description.”
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