LINGUIST List 12.814

Fri Mar 23 2001

Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Pragmatics & Discourse, The Theme-Topic Interface by Gomez-Gonzalez

Message 1: Pragmatics & Discourse, The Theme-Topic Interface by Gomez-Gonzalez

Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 15:38:49 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Pragmatics & Discourse, The Theme-Topic Interface by Gomez-Gonzalez

John Benjamins Publishing announces a new work in Pragmatics & Discourse:

The Theme-Topic Interface.
Evidence from English.
Mar�a �ngeles G�MEZ-GONZ�LEZ (University of Santiago de Compostella)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 71
US & Canada: 1 55619 949 X / USD 87.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5086 3 / NLG 190.00 (Hardcover)

The Theme-Topic Interface (TTI) gives a useful catalogue of
approaches to the concept Theme in the analysis of Natural
Language. The book is written with both theoretical and descriptive
goals and aims to synthesize and revise current approaches to pragmatic 
In addition, TTI explains that different thematic constructions in natural 
reveal different discourse strategies related to point of view and
speaker subjectivity, which shows the mutually supportive role of
form and discourse function vis-�-vis each other.

The book's value is enhanced by the use of natural language corpora, the 
IBM Spoken English Corpus (LIBMSEC), and by running multivariate
statistical tests, taking into account both segmental and
suprasegmental features. The bibliography lists more than 600
publications providing ample material for further research into an
integrated theory of language and its use. The indexes provide easy
access to most authors mentioned and to the major concepts covered.

 John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Offices: Philadelphia 
Phone: +215 836-1200 +31 20 6304747
Fax: +215 836-1204 +31 20 6739773
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