The Discourse of Indirectness

Cues, voices and functions

| Bar-Ilan University
| Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
| Bar-Ilan University
ISBN 9789027207777 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027260567 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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
Table of Contents
Zohar Livnat, Pnina Shukrun-Nagar and Galia Hirsch
Part I. Cues for indirectness
Irony, humor or both? The model revisited
Galia Hirsch
“My refrigerator is as much in the dark as I am” Metaphorical irony in context
Zohar Livnat
“Hero, genius, king and Messiah” Ironic echoing in pro-ethos and anti-ethos readers’ comments on Facebook posts
Pnina Shukrun-Nagar
Part II. Voices in the text
Indirectness and co-construction: A discourse-pragmatic view
Jacob L. Mey
Whose line is it anyway? Three pragmatic cues for distinguishing between the implied-author and narrative voices: The case of Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Talli Cedar
Anne Frank’s Diary – The Graphic Adaptation as a case of “indirect translation” Integrating the principle of relevance with Bakhtinian concepts
Rachel Weissbrod and Ayelet Kohn
Part III. (In)directness as an effective choice
Indirectness and effectiveness of requests in professional emails: A case study
Hassan Atifi and Michel Marcoccia
Directness and indirectness in a presidential debate
Luisa Granato
“The hon. Gentleman says this is rubbish; it is absolutely true” The strategic use of references to truth in Prime Minister’s Questions
Anita Fetzer
“Do you condemn?” Negotiating power relations through (in)direct questions and answers design in ethno-political interviews
Zohar Kampf
“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.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
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ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020032624 | Marc record