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Text, Discourse and Society

Functional and Pragmatic Approaches to Language in Use


Azirah Hashim, Maya Khemlani David and James McLellan

This book provides a detailed overview of functional and pragmatic approaches to the study of language in use. Edited by three scholars in the field, it comprises chapters written by academics from the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, who have been teaching these courses at the Masters level. The book is therefore useful for students at the postgraduate level and also suitable for undergraduate linguistic students who wish to know about approaches to and relevant theoretical frameworks for language in use. Examples taken from the Malaysian context and works by Malaysians are included in all the chapters making this book a unique and interesting contribution to the field.
Contents: Faridah Noor Mohd Noor: Sociolinguistics – Jariah Mohd Jan: Language and Gender – Stefanie Pillai: Varieties of English – Karen Kow Yip Cheng: Second Language Acquisition – Maya Khemlani David: Spoken Discourse Analysis – Zuraidah Mohd Don: Pragmatics – Azirah Hashim/Norizah Hassan: Genre Analysis – Mahmud Hasan Khan/Kamila Ghazali: Critical Discourse Analysis – Sridevi Sriniwass: Systemic Functional Linguistics.