The Functional Perspective on Language and Discourse

Applications and implications

| University of Santiago de Compostela
| University of Almeria
| University Complutense of Madrid
ISBN 9789027256522 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027270207 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Over the last forty years, the functionalist approach to linguistic description and explanation has given rise to several major schools of thought that share two crucial assumptions: (i) form is not independent of meaning/function or language use; and (ii) linguistic description and explanation need to take into account the communicative function of language. This volume offers readers interested in functional linguistics a selected sample of studies that jointly prove the efficacy of the analytical tools and procedures broadly accepted within the functionalist tradition in order to investigate language and discourse, with special focus on key pragmatic/discourse notions such as contextualization, grammaticalisation, reference, politeness, (in-)directness, discourse markers, speech acts, subjective evaluation and sentiment analysis in texts, among others. In addition, this volume offers specific corpus-based techniques for the objective contextualisation of linguistic data, which is crucial given the central role allotted to context in both functional linguistics and pragmatics/discourse analysis.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 247]  2014.  viii, 292 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
On the relatedness of functionalism and pragmatics
María de los Ángeles Gómez González, Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco Gonzálvez-García and Angela Downing
I. Methods in the analysis of language and discourse
Developing comprehensive criteria of adequacy: The challenge of hybridity
Alison Wray
A method of analysing recontextualisation in the communication of science
John Connolly
Contrastive corpus annotation in the CONTRANOT project: Issues and problems
Julia Lavid-López, Marta Carretero, Jorge Arús-Hita, Lara Moratón and Juan Rafael Zamorano-Mansilla
Form and function in evaluative language: The use of corpora to identify context valence shifters in a linguistically-motivated sentiment analysis system
Antonio Moreno Ortiz and Chantal Perez Hernandez
Life before Nation: Bibliometrics and L2 vocabulary studies in 1982
Paul Meara
II. Pragmatics and grammar
A lexico-paradigmatic approach to English setting-constructions
Pilar Guerrero Medina
How did we think?
Karolien Janssens and Jan Nuyts
The adverb truly in Present-Day English
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen and Miriam Taverniers
III. Current trends in pragmatics and discourse analysis
Nominal reference and the dynamics of discourse: A cognitive-functional approach
Kristin Davidse
‘Pragmatic punting’ and prosody: Evidence from corpora
Jesús Romero-Trillo
Besides as a connective
Mike Hannay, Elena Martínez Caro and J. Lachlan Mackenzie
Searle and Sinclair on communicative acts: A sketch of a research problem
Michael Stubbs
Strategies of (in)directness in Spanish speakers’ production of complaints and disagreements in English and Spanish
Laura Hidalgo-Downing, Raquel Hidalgo Downing and Angela Downing
Name index
Term index
“The volume is highly valuable precisely in the depth and breadth of approaches provided. The more theoretical chapters by Wray and Stubbs are, in my view, brilliant, sketching out needed and promising areas of research for future scholars. [...] The very solid chapters [...] provide clarity of theoretical perspectives and depth of application and analysis, serving to effectively demonstrate the relatedness of pragmatics and functional perspectives in illuminating how language functions in use.”
“This volume is a valuable collection which contributes substantially to the existing literature of functional linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics, and as such it is highly recommended.”
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Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco Gonzálvez-García & Angela Downing
2014.  In Theory and Practice in Functional-Cognitive Space [Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics, 68],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Krawczak, Karolina
2016. Objectivity, subjectivity and intersubjectivity. Functions of Language 23:2  pp. 179 ff. Crossref logo

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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014006737 | Marc record