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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Recontextualizing Context
Subtitle: Grammaticality meets appropriateness
Written By: Anita Fetzer
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 121

In the humanities and social sciences, context is one of those terms which is frequently used and frequently referred to, but hardly made explicit.
This book proposes a model for describing the multifaceted connectedness between language and language use, and between cognitive context, linguistic context, social context and sociocultural context and their underlying principles of well-formedness, grammaticality, acceptability and appropriateness. Combining a range of theoretical frameworks in linguistics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and philosophy of language, Fetzer goes beyond the unilateral conception of speech and argues for a dialogue outlook on natural-language communication based on dialogue principles and dialogue categories. The most important ones are cooperation, joint production, micro and macro communicative intentions, micro and macro validity claims, co-suppositions, dialogue-common ground and communicative genre.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix
1. Introduction 1–31
2. Grammaticality and context 33–88
3. Context and appropriateness 89–229
4. Conclusion: Sentence grammar and dialogue grammar revisited 231–238
5. References 239–252
Name index 253–254
Subject index 255–267

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115100
ISBN-13: 9781588115102
Pages: x, 272 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 132
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253633
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 272 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00