The Discourse of Indirectness

Cues, voices and functions

ORCID logoZohar Livnat | Bar-Ilan University
ORCID logoPnina Shukrun-Nagar | Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
ORCID logoGalia Hirsch | Bar-Ilan University
ISBN 9789027207777 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027260567 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Indirectness has been a key concept in pragmatic research for over four decades, however the notion as a technical term does not have an agreed-upon definition and remains vague and ambiguous. In this collection, indirectness is examined as a way of communicating meaning that is inferred from textual, contextual and intertextual meaning units. Emphasis is placed on the way in which indirectness serves the representation of diverse voices in the text, and this is examined through three main prisms: (1) the inferential view focuses on textual and contextual cues from which pragmatic indirect meanings might be inferred; (2) the dialogic-intertextual view focuses on dialogic and intertextual cues according to which different voices (social, ideological, literary etc.) are identified in the text; and (3) the functional view focuses on the pragmatic-rhetorical functions fulfilled by indirectness of both kinds.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 316] 2020.  viii, 257 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume offers interesting new insights into the study of indirect communication broadly speaking.”
“Exploiting authentic communication in real life instances spanning across cultures and languages, the book is a new and inspirational vantage point for future research, a rightful extension and continuation of Elda Weizman’s legacy.”
“The reader is left with a feeling of plausibility, coherence and inspiration. The book offers a multifaceted approach to any student, researcher or even reporter interested in the study of indirectness, especially concerning linguistics, literature, politics and, moreover, social media, where new types of cues to indirectness are known to emerge.”
“This book contributes in several ways to our understanding of indirectness and is one of the few to thoroughly examine indirectness in political discourse. Its findings have significant implications for the understanding of how indirectness is represented in various contexts, one such implication being the possibility of indirect translation in translation studies (Hirsch; Weissbrod and Kohn). Researchers and students in several disciplines will find this book particularly useful, including pragmatics, discourse studies, political science, communication studies, and translation studies.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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