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  1.  9
    On the Development of the Social-Linguistic Nexus in Discourse Research : A Critical Review.Piotr Cap - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):308-332.
    This paper gives a critical overview of analytical approaches dominating the field of discourse studies in the last three decades, from the perspective of their philosophical and formative bases: social constructionism and linguistics. It explores different conceptions of the theoretical nexus between these two bases leading to the emergence of three distinct yet complementary strands of thought. The paper starts with poststructuralist views of discourse salient in Laclau and Mouffe’s Discourse Theory. Laclau and Mouffe’s assumption that no discourse is a (...)
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    Drilling for Fissures and Exploiting Common Ground in the Discourse of Oil Production : An Enhanced Eco-Discourse Analysis, Part 2.Wenge Chen, Tom Bartlett & Huiling Peng - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):167-187.
    This is the second part of a two-part article which proposes an enhanced approach to eco-discourses after weighing the advantages of mainstream Critical Discourse Analysis and Positive Discourse Analysis. Part I explored the theoretical grounding for an enhanced PDA, introduced the research method and then, based on the adapted analytic framework of Stibbe, undertook a critical analysis of the discourses of Shell Oil Company. Part II uses the same analytic framework to analyse Greenpeace USA’s discourse and compare it to the (...)
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    Review of Giora & Haugh (2017): Doing Pragmatics Interculturally: Cognitive, Philosophical, and Sociopragmatic Perspectives. [REVIEW]Zhongqing He - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):343-347.
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    Review of Paternoster & Fitzmaurice (2019): Politeness in Nineteenth Century Europe. [REVIEW]Nieves Hernández-Flores - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):162-166.
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    Analysing the Functions of Online Destination Forums Through a Corpus-Assisted Discourse-Analytic Approach.Phoenix W. Y. Lam - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):242-264.
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    Autism Spectrum Disorder and Language Choice in Ghana.Elizabeth Orfson-Offei - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):287-307.
    One of the most crucial decisions to make for parents of children with Autism in Ghana is what language to use with their children. This study was conducted to first investigate the state of Autism in Ghana and then to unravel the language choices that parents make for their children and the factors that influence the choices they make. Through interviews, the use of observation and questionnaires, members of Autism Action Ghana, a support group for parents with children on the (...)
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    Review of Crespo-Fernández (2018): Taboo in Discourse: Studies on Attenuation and Offence in Communication. [REVIEW]Ruby Rong Wei - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):167-171.
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    “It’s of No Value Compared to Your Value” : Developing EFL Learners’ Metapragmatic Awareness of Complimenting.Soodeh Saadati & Gülşen Musayeva Vefalı - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):265-286.
    In the present study, we attempt to develop EFL learners’ metapragmatic awareness of English compliments, which still remains an under-researched issue. Initially, we conducted a cross-sectional survey with intermediate-level Iranian EFL learners, Persian and British English native speakers. Although the analysis of the language learners’ realization of compliments and responses to compliments seemed to indicate that their pragmatic development was overall adequate, it also suggested the influence of the native socio-pragmatic schema on their pragmatic performance. We therefore undertook a pragmatic (...)
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    Towards a Discourse-Semantic Approach to Visual Narrative Analysis : The Case of the BBC News Story of Islamic State.Amir H. Y. Salama - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):188-222.
    The present study propounds a novel discourse-semantic approach that problematizes the social semiotic analysis of visual narrative in two respects: the lack of a model that can explain the plurifunctional structure of visual acts of communication in general and the failure to provide the deep structure underlying the characters and/or objects in visual narrative in particular. Redressing these two shortcomings, the approach is methodologically geared towards analysing the visual narrative grammar that encodes the 2017 BBC image-enabled news story of Islamic (...)
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    Efficiency in Shaping Grammars : The Case of Multiple Occurrences of the Chinese Reflexive Ziji.Xiaolong Yang & Yicheng Wu - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (2):223-241.
    Hawkins proposes a performance-grammar correspondence hypothesis, claiming that grammars can be shaped by processing systems with reference to the degree of preference in communication. Given that Hawkins’s proposal mainly highlights the role of efficiency in language comprehension, this paper demonstrates that parsing principles can also be employed to account for language production. Based on an analysis of the production mechanism behind multiple occurrences of the Chinese reflexive ziji ‘self’ in a single clause, it shows that the notion of intersubjectivity can (...)
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    Swear Words for Sale : The Commodification of Swearing.Kristy Beers Fägersten & Gerardine M. Pereira - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):79-105.
    Swearing has traditionally been associated with spoken language; however, swear words are appearing more often in print and, notably, explicitly featured in commercial products. In this paper, we consider this development an example of the commodification of swear words, or ‘swear words for sale’. Our analyses of English-language swear word products show that the taboo nature of swear words is exploited and capitalized upon for commercial gain. We argue that swear word commodities trade on sociolinguistically incongruous aspects of swear word (...)
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    The Erasure of Nature in the Discourse of Oil Production : An Enhanced Eco-Discourse Analysis, Part 1.Wenge Chen, Tom Bartlett & Huiling Peng - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):6-32.
    This two-part article suggests ways in which elements of antagonistic discourses of the environment might be combined in a hybrid, innovative discourse that appeals to a broad section of the public while advocating for more environmentally sustainable practices in industry. It proposes an enhanced Positive Discourse Analysis that not only identifies points of fissure in the hegemonic discourse but also seeks points of convergence that can be articulated with in a hybrid, counter-hegemonic discourse that maximizes its potential for uptake while (...)
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    Professor Farzad Sharifian.Hamzeh Moradi - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):1-5.
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    Review of Arnold (2018): Climate Change and Storytelling. Narratives and Cultural Meaning in Environmental Communication. [REVIEW]Hermine Penz - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):162-166.
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    Heteroglossia in Mother Tongue Instruction in Sweden and the Development of Plurilingual Literacies.Anne Reath Warren - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):106-131.
    This article analyses how perceptions of and approaches to teaching linguistically heterogeneous groups in mother tongue instruction in Sweden impact on the development of plurilingual literacies in that context. Linguistic ethnographic data collected over 12 months in classrooms and schools where MTI takes place were thematically categorized and data from the most prominent category, heterogeneity, were further coded into the heteroglossic categories of multidiscursivity and multivoicedness. The continua of biliteracy provides an additional interpretative framework. Results show that heteroglossic discursive practices (...)
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    Review of Berman (2019): Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands. [REVIEW]Scott Saft - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):146-150.
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    Critical Sociocognitive Analysis of Hate Speech in the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election Campaigns.Adesina B. Sunday - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):59-78.
    In an attempt to ensure electoral victory, politicians use different strategies. One of such is resort to hate speech to discredit the opponents. The 2015 presidential election campaigns in Nigeria witnessed unrestrained use of hate speech in different media. This paper analysed selected speeches of the campaign organisations of the two leading political parties in the election, namely the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation and the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation. Data were got from the speeches and advertorials (...)
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    Insults in Political Comments on GhanaWeb : Ethnopragmatic Perspectives.Rachel Thompson - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):33-58.
    This paper explores the practice of insults on GhanaWeb, a popular online platform on which some Ghanaians post comments and share opinions in reaction to various news reports. Among other things, the study entails understanding how the prevalence of harsh insults stands against the backdrop of traditional Ghanaian speech culture, which places high value on respect for the elderly and authority figures. Examining a sample of online comments directed at key political leaders in the build-up to the national elections in (...)
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    Review of Huang & Jaszczolt (2018): Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals. [REVIEW]Ying Tong & Chaoqun Xie - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):157-161.
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    Why Does Lee Say What He Says the Way He Says It?Shu Zeng - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):132-145.
    This paper employs Kecskes’ socio-cognitive approach to analyze the varied speech styles and cognitive dynamics of the Chinese character in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The discussion of the novelistic dialogue segments has shown that the Chinese interlocutor’s verbal strategies vary from pidgin to English or a combination of the two, which are predominantly hearer-centered and marked by deliberate and conscious attempts on the part of the speaker to meet the cooperation principle. Lee’s movement between different communication modes is partly (...)
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    Why Does Lee Say What He Says the Way He Says It? : A Socio-Cognitive Approach to Understanding the Chinese Character in East of Eden.Shu Zeng - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):132-145.
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    Review of Culpeper, Haugh & Kádár (2017): The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)Politeness. [REVIEW]Huiyu Zhang & Danqi Zhang - 2021 - Pragmatics and Society 12 (1):151-156.
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