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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Query Details

Query Subject:   Query: phatic communion
Author:   Ann Jorid Klungervik Greenall
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics

Query:   Dear subscribers to linguist list,

Do any of you know who it was that first introduced the concept phatic communion? The oldest reference I have is Lyons (1968) (in Zegarac 1998); I also know that Austin (1962) distinguished between phatic and rhetic acts. Is there anyone earlier?


Ann J. K. Greenall

Stipendiat Ann J. K. Greenall
Department of English
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
7491 Trondheim

Phone: +47 73 59 67 90
Fax: +47 73 59 67 70
LL Issue: 10.390
Date posted: 15-Mar-1999


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