Pragmaticizing Understanding

Studies for Jef Verschueren

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The ideas that mark modern-day pragmatics are old, but did not start to get more systematically developed until the 1960s and 1970s. Still, the very recognition of pragmatics as a self-standing academic discipline is a product of the 1980s, not least made possible by the establishment of the International Pragmatics Association. One scholar in particular has devoted his life both to IPrA and to the discipline.

This volume pays homage to Jef Verschueren on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It celebrates him for his long-standing dedication as Secretary General of IPrA and for his scholarly contributions to the field. We owe to Jef Verschueren the insight that the processes through which language users (do or do not) achieve understanding among each other in communication can only be fully comprehended if approached from a pragmatic perspective, i.e. if understanding is pragmaticized.

The chapters in this book are written by scholars who, like Jef Verschueren, have played a key role in the genesis and development of the field, and who still actively contribute to its advancement today. Each author looks back, evaluates the present, and takes on new challenges.

[Not in series, 170]  2012.  vi, 230 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
On how to pragmaticize understanding
Michael Meeuwis and Jan-Ola Östman
1–14
Does the autonomy of linguistics rest on the autonomy of syntax?: An alternative framing of our object of study
Michael Silverstein
15–38
Classifying illocutionary acts, or, a tale of Theory and Praxis
Marina Sbisà
39–52
Spatial indexicalities and spatial pragmatics
Peter Auer
53–76
Pragmatics as a facilitator for child syntax development
Susan M. Ervin-Tripp
77–100
Pragmatics, linguistic competence, and Conversation Analysis
Charles Antaki
101–112
Pragmatics and dialogue phenomena: Are they essentially connected?
Yorick Wilks
113–120
Roots of the wakimae aspect of linguistic politeness: Modal expressions and Japanese sense of self
Sachiko Ide
121–138
“Laura! Laura! Wake up”: The politics and pragmatics of intertextuality and appropriation
Robin T. Lakoff
139–150
Knowledge, discourse and domination
Teun A. van Dijk
151–196
The public face of language: Why spelling matters
Jenny Cook-Gumperz and John J. Gumperz
197–212
The compleat angle on pragmatics: A personal note
Jacob L. Mey
213–218
Tabula Gratulatoria
219–228
Index
229–230
Pragmaticizing Understanding is a fine piece of work [...]. The individual chapters and the volume as a whole present illuminating insights into the pragmatics of understanding — from both theoretical and language-use based perspectives. [...] Pragmaticizing Understanding is an excellent piece of work which not only practices what it preaches but also preaches what it practices.”
“The researchers and scholars who must be regarded as its primary audience will certainly enjoy this celebration of a field that has come of age in the 60 years of Jef Verschueren’s lifetime.”
“Considering the wide range of topics covered and the thought-provoking approaches adopted, the volume is a must-read for advanced-level linguistics majors and scholars interested in pragmatic research. For lay readers curious about language issues, some of the chapters in the second half may be less demanding and arguably more accessible.”
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Presentation

Book presentation for Jef Verschueren

On the occasion of his 60th birthday, the editors Michael Meeuwis and Jan-Ola Östman presented Jef Verschueren with the book Pragmaticizing Understanding: Studies for Jef Verschueren . This volume celebrates him for his long-standing dedication as Secretary General of IPrA and his scholarly contributions to the field.

Below some pictures of this very special occasion, hosted by John, Claire and Seline Benjamins.

Jef Verschueren

celebration the party

Jan-Ola Östman, Isja Conen, Seline Benjamins, Jef Verschueren and Michael Meeuwis Seline, John and Claire Benjamins

Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011052401