Offers and Offer Refusals
A postcolonial pragmatics perspective on World Englishes
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.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
List of abbreviations
Chapter 1. Introduction: Offers, refusals in postcolonial multilingual societies: New research directions
Chapter 2. Postcolonial pragmatics: A theoretical framework for postcolonial multilingual societies
Chapter 3. Offers, refusals and professional status
Chapter 4. Offers, refusals and age
Chapter 5. Offers, refusals and peer equality
Chapter 6. Postcolonial hybrid structures and social interaction
Chapter 7. Conclusion: On offer-refusal communicative acts: General implications for future research
Appendix 1. Discourse Completion Task Questionnaire
Appendix 2. Offer vertical structures in offer situation 1
Appendix 3. Offer vertical structures in offer situation 2
Appendix 4. Offer vertical structure in offer situation 3
Appendix 5. Positions of offer head acts in communicative acts
“The volume can serve as a resourceful reference for researchers and students who are interested in postcolonial pragmatics, discourse analysis and variationist sociolinguistics.”
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