Shu, Dingfang / Turner, Ken (eds.)
Contrasting Meaning in Languages of the East and West
Year of Publication: 2010
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XVI, 618 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-03911-886-1 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.920 kg, 2.028 lbs
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This is a collection of papers that resulted from the Third International Conference on Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics that was held at Shanghai International Studies University in September 2005. Their common focus lies in aspects of the contrastive semantics and pragmatics in a wide variety of languages. These aspects include several themes that arise from Gricean and neo-Gricean considerations of contrastive pragmatics; from cognitive semantics and pragmatics, including metaphor and issues that relate to the logical structure of quantification, modality and demonstration; and from contrastive lexical, constructional and discourse semantics. The languages discussed include Afrikaans, Amele, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Gokana, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Yakut and Zulu.
Contents: Dingfang Shu/Ken Turner: Introduction - Michiel Leezenberg: Gricean and Confucian Pragmatics: A Contrastive Analysis - Chungmin Lee: Information Structure in PA/SN or Descriptive/Metalinguistic Negation: With Reference to Scalar Implicatures - Yan Huang: Switch-reference in Amele and Logophoric Verbal Suffix in Gokana: A Generalized Neo-Gricean Pragmatic Analysis - Saeko Fukushima: Hearer's Aspect in Politeness: The Case of Requests - Jiaxuan Shen: Valency and Cognitive Frames for Three Constructions in Mandarin - Ren Zhang: Specialized Grounding in English and Chinese Existentials - Lei Zhu: Existentials, Possessives and their Grammaticalization into Perfectives: With Special Reference to Chinese you and English be and have - Chauncey C. Chu: A Contrastive Approach to Discourse Particles: A Case Study of the Mandarin UFP Ne
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: Dingfang Shu is Professor of Linguistics and Director of Research at Shanghai International Studies University. He is President of the Chinese Cognitive Linguistics Association and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Foreign Languages.
Ken Turner teaches linguistics and the philosophy of language at the University of Brighton. He is series co-editor of Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface and serves on the editorial boards of the Revue de Sémantique et Pragmatique, Lódz Papers in Pragmatics, the International Review of Pragmatics and the Journal of Foreign Languages.
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