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Title: Variational Pragmatics
Subtitle: A focus on regional varieties in pluricentric languages
Edited By: Klaus P. Schneider
Anne Barron
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 178

This collection of papers is designed to establish variational
pragmatics. This new field is situated at the interface of pragmatics
and dialectology and aims at systematically investigating the effect of
macro-social pragmatic variation on language in action. As such, it
challenges the widespread assumption in the area of pragmatics that
language communities are homogeneous and also addresses the
current research gap in sociolinguistics for variation on the pragmatic
level. The introductory chapter establishes the rationale for studying
variational pragmatics as a separate field of inquiry, systematically
sketches the broader theoretical framework and presents a framework
for further analysis. The papers which follow are located within this
framework. They present empirical variational pragmatic research
focusing on regional varieties of pluricentric languages. Speech acts
and other discourse phenomena are addressed and analysed in a
number of regional varieties of Dutch, English, French, German and
Spanish. The seminal nature of this volume, its empirical orientation
and the extensive bibliography make this book of interest to both
researchers and students in pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027254222
ISBN-13: 9789027254221
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