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    Adding Insult to Inquiry.Lionel Wee - 2015 - Pragmatics and Society 6 (1):1-21.
    While compliments are usually intended to give credit and insults offense, the latter cannot simply be treated as opposites of the former. For example, a speaker can give credit to others as well as himself/herself. But while a speaker can offend others, it is less clear that a speaker can offend himself/herself. Understanding why this should be so provides us with a key insight into the nature of insults, namely, that it is predicated on the presumption that some dissimilarity exists (...)
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  2. Constructing the Source: Metaphor as a Discourse Strategy.Lionel Wee - 2005 - Discourse Studies 7 (3):363-384.
    This article discusses various metaphorical texts where the authors construct or ‘make up’ their own sources. Such data contrast with the kinds of examples usually found in studies of metaphor, where the source is typically one that is ‘pre-given’. From a discourse perspective, it becomes interesting to ask under what circumstances a speaker/writer would attempt to create a brand new source instead of simply drawing upon pre-existing entities and events. The article shows that constructed sources tend to be used when (...)
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  3. Language Without Rights.Lionel Wee - 2011 - Oup Usa.
    Language Without Rights is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights.
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    The Cultural Basis of Metaphor Revisited.Lionel Wee - 2006 - Pragmatics and Cognition 14 (1):111-128.
    Just how foundational metaphor is to cultural understanding has been a matter of considerable debate, manifested in the question of whether cultural models are, at bottom, based on conceptual metaphors (Gibbs 1994; Lakoff 1993; Lakoff and Johnson 1999; Quinn 1991). This paper revisits this debate by examining a new set of metaphorical expressions involving proper names, which are widespread in Singapore society. These expressions indicate that Singaporeans tend to describe local entities in terms of American ones, thus reflecting what might (...)
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    The Ranked List as Panopticon in Enterprise Culture.Lionel Wee - 2011 - Pragmatics and Society 2 (1):37-56.
    The emergence of enterprise culture has raised the issue of how techniques of governmentality are being used to re-make individuals and institutions as bearers of enterprising qualities. This paper examines one such specific technique of governmentality, that of the ranked list. The ranked list is interesting for three reasons. One, just about anything can be ranked. Two, it is a widely accepted and normalized communicative genre. Three, there are properties of the ranked list that make it particularly potent as a (...)
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    The Cultural Basis of Metaphor Revisited.Lionel Wee - 2006 - Pragmatics and Cognition 14 (1):111-128.
    Just how foundational metaphor is to cultural understanding has been a matter of considerable debate, manifested in the question of whether cultural models are, at bottom, based on conceptual metaphors (Gibbs 1994; Lakoff 1993; Lakoff and Johnson 1999; Quinn 1991). This paper revisits this debate by examining a new set of metaphorical expressions involving proper names, which are widespread in Singapore society. These expressions indicate that Singaporeans tend to describe local entities in terms of American ones, thus reflecting what might (...)
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