Subjectivity in Language and in Discourse deals with the linguistic encoding and discursive construction of subjectivity across languages and registers. The aim of this book is to complement the highly specialized, parallel and often separate research strands on the phenomenon of subjectivity with a volume that gives a forum to diverse theoretical vantage points and methodological approaches, presenting research results in one place which otherwise would most likely be found in substantially different publications and would have to be collected from many different sources. Taken together, the chapters in this volume reflect the rich diversity in contemporary research on the phenomenon of subjectivity. They cover numerous languages, colloquial, academic and professional registers, spoken and written discourse, diverse communities of practice, speaker and interaction types, native and non-native language use, and Lingua Franca communication. The studies investigate both already well explored languages and registers (e.g. American English, academic writing, conversation) and with respect to subjectivity, less studied languages (Greek, Italian, Persian, French, Russian, Swedish, Danish, German, Australian English) as well as many different communicative settings and contexts, ranging from conference talk, promotional business writing, academic advising, disease counselling to internet posting, translation, and university classroom and research interview talk. Some contributions focus on individual linguistic devices, such as pronouns, intensifiers, comment clauses, modal verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and their capacity of introducing the speaker's subjective perspective in discourse and interactional sequence; others examine the role of larger functional categories, such as hedging and metadiscourse, or interactional sequencing.
Subjectivity in Language and Discourse
Edited by Gunther Kaltenböck, Wiltrud Mihatsch and Stefan Schneider
Hedging is an essential part of everyday communication. It is a discourse strategy which is used to reduce commitment to the force or truth of an utterance to achieve an appropriate pragmatic effect. This title provides an overview of research on the topic by bringing together studies from a ...
Edited by Dagmar Barth-Weingarten, Nicole Dehé and Anne Wichmann
Demonstrates the synergies that can result from interdisciplinary collaboration. This book examines prosodic cues to referential and discourse/textual meaning. It covers the role played by prosody in the negotiation of speaker change in conversational interaction.
Edited by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Jacqueline Visconti
Focuses on semantic and pragmatic change, its causes and mechanisms. This work gathers the papers that offer studies of language-specific cases of meaning change in particular notional domains. It includes case-studies covering central semantic domains such as concession, evidentiality, ...
Edited by Bruce Fraser and Ken Turner
Professor Jacob Mey is one of the most respected, enterprising, industrious, scholarly and, avuncular members of the many linguistics communities in which he has worked. This collection includes invited papers that honours Professor Mey on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.
Edited by Corinne Rossari, Claudia Ricci and Adriana Spiridon
Deals with pragmatic factors involved in the evolution of grammatical or lexical forms or in the emergence of complex syntactic structures in various languages (Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian and Spanish).
Presents an integrated pragmatic approach to communication, which aims at integrating pragmatic views with insights from different research fields into an extended framework where psychological aspects of communication in context also can be taken into account.
Edited by Anita Fetzer and Kerstin Fischer
The multifaceted and heterogeneous category of common ground is central to theories of pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse and context. This book reviews the approaches to common ground from the perspective of lexical markers. Organized into two parts, it discusses the relationship between ...
Edited by Karin Aijmer and Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen
Presents an examination of the methods and theories for studying pragmatic markers cross-linguistically. This work also explores the comparison of pragmatic markers across languages in order to offer important insights into the similarities and differences between languages.
Edited by Kerstin Fischer
Discourse particles fulfil many different functions; they contribute to text structuring, dialogue management, turn-taking, and politeness. This reference presents a spectrum of approaches to discourse particles/markers in their richness and variability, whilst ensuring that the differences and ...
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