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Discourse Pragmatics and the Verb

The Evidence from Romance, 1st Edition

Edited by Suzanne Fleischman, LINDA WAUGH


226 pages

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First published in 1990, this collection investigates grammatical categories associated with the verb as they are used by speakers and writers in real discourses and texts. Focusing on tense, aspect, mood, and voice in French, Spanish, and Italian, each chapter underscores the importance of context in our understanding of how grammatical categories work. Above and beyond their basic ‘grammatical functions’, categories of the verb are shown to operate in such capacities as structuring information in discourse, establishing point of view in a text, and creating textual cohesion. Importantly, this volume reflects the crucial role discourse-pragmatics factors play in our interpretation of the meanings of categories of grammar.

Table of Contents

Contributors; 1 Introduction Suzanne Fleischman and Linda R. Waugh 2 The temporal structure of discourse: setting, change, and perspective Co Vet 3 Verb tense and point of view in narrative Suzanne Fleischman 4 Tense switching in Italian: the alternation between passato prossimo and passato remote in oral narratives Giulia Centineo 5 Multivalency: the French historical present in journalistic discourse Monique Monville-Burston and Linda R. Waugh 6 The statis of imperatives as discourse signals Béatrice Lamiroy and Pierre Swiggers 7 A contextual reconsideration of the Spanish –ra "indicative" Patricia V. Lunn and Thomas D. Cravens 8 Losing ground: a discourse-pragmatic solution to the history of –ra in Spanish Flora Klein-Andreu 9 The pragmatics of Spanish mood in complements of knowledge and acquisition-of-knowledge predicates Jorge M. Guitart 10 Verbs of cognition in spoken Spanish: A discourse profile Elizabeth G. Weber and Paola Bentivoglio; Index of subjects; Index of names

About the Series

RLE: Discourse Analysis

Discourse analysis is a wide ranging area of study that examines the features of language beyond the limits of a sentence — including vocal, written and sign language, along with any significant semiotic events. It has been employed from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives in an attempt to reveal a person’s socio-psychological characteristics through the practical analysis of naturally-occurring language rather than artificially created examples.

Routledge Library Editions: Discourse Analysis brings together an extensive collection of scholarship that reflects the broad scope of the subject area, examining the relationship of discourse to a number of closely related fields including stylistics, pragmatics, speech, conversation, context, anaphora, grammar and psychology. This set, published between 1979 and 1993, provides a thorough grounding in this key discipline for students of linguistics and psychology, and social sciences in general.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics