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Books: Pragmatics: Leafgren

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Message 1: John Leafgren: Pragmatics

Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 11:24:28 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: John Leafgren: Pragmatics

Title: Degrees of Explicitness
Subtitle: Information structure and the packaging of Bulgarian
subjects and objects
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: John Leafgren 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112209, Pages: xii, 252 pp., Price: USD 81.00


This book explores factors relevant in the choices speakers and
writers make in regard to explicitness of reference to the subjects
and objects in their utterances. Bulgarian is a particularly
felicitous target language for this type of study, since it possesses
a rich inventory of available packaging techniques, ranging from zero
reference, to various stressed and unstressed single forms, to actual
doubled ("reduplicated") constructions. The study systematically
addresses the need to avoid referential and grammatical ambiguity, and
the crucial influence of emphasis. Another, and perhaps most
interesting central factor is the status of what the communication is
about, which is assessed on two different levels. The book makes use
of data from both published Bulgarian fiction and naturally occurring
oral conversations. The fundamental similarities between these modes
of communication with respect to noun phrase selection is
demonstrated, but explanations are also proposed for the observable

Table of Contents

List of tables
Direct and indirect objects
Data sources
Appendix --- Oral data examples prior to normalization

Lingfield(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Bulgarian (Language code: BLG)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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