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Speech Acts and Politeness across Languages and Cultures


Edited By Leyre Ruiz de Zarobe and Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe

Speech Acts and Politeness are among the main areas of interest in pragmatics. These communicative phenomena can be considered universal and at the same time language and culture-specific. It is this latter dimension that has been at the centre of recent developments in pragmatics, and it is also the focus of this book.
The aim of this book is to reflect this development, providing evidence from four main areas crucial to pragmatics across languages and cultures: a description of a variety of speech acts and politeness strategies in different languages and cultures, a cross-cultural comparison of several speech acts and patterns of politeness, an in-depth analysis of issues concerning the learning and teaching of speech acts and politeness in second/foreign languages, as well as some methodological resources in pragmatics.
This book is intended for researchers, scholars and students interested in the field of pragmatics, in general, or in the fields of cross-cultural and second/foreign language pragmatics, and specifically for those interested in speech acts and politeness. It will also be useful to any scholar interested in how communication and culture are related.


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399 Notes on Contributors SEONAID BECKWITH graduated from Birkbeck College, University of London with a BA in Linguistics with French in 2008, and from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics in 2009. She is interested in second language acquisition, particularly interlanguage pragmatics, with a focus on English and Japanese, and psycholinguistics. SPYRIDOULA BELLA is Assistant Professor in the Department of Lin- guistics at the University of Athens, Greece. Her research interests include pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics and second language acquisition. She is the author of Second Language: Acquisition and Teaching (2nd ed. Athens, Patakis, 2011, in Greek). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politeness Research, the Journal of Prag- matics, the Journal of Greek Linguistics and Multilingua. Her current research focuses on the acquisition, comprehension and production of speech acts by learners of Greek as a second/foreign language. JEAN-MARC DEWAELE is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multi- lingualism at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, prag- matic, psychological and emotional aspects of second language ac- quisition and multilingualism. He has published a monograph Emo- tions in Multiple Languages in 2010 with Palgrave Macmillan. He is former president of the European Second Language Association. J. CÉSAR FÉLIX-BRASDEFER is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. His research ar- eas cover pragmatics and discourse analysis including speech act theory, interlanguage pragmatics, pragmatic variation, and the prag- matics of service encounters. He...

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