LINGUIST List 12.814

Fri Mar 23 2001

Books: Pragmatics & Discourse

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  • 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 functions. In addition, TTI explains that different thematic constructions in natural language 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 Lancaster 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 Amsterdam: Websites: E-mail: Phone: +215 836-1200 +31 20 6304747 Fax: +215 836-1204 +31 20 6739773

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