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The Dynamics of Language Use: Functional And Contrastive Perspectives

 
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This book brings together a collection of articles characterized by two main themes: the contrastive study of parallel phenomena in two or more languages, and an essentially functional approach in which language is regarded, first and foremost, as a rich and complex communication system, inextricably embedded in sociocultural and psychological contexts of use. The majority of the studies reported is empirical in nature, many making use of corpora or other textual materials in the language(s) under investigation. The book begins with an introductory section in which the editors provide surveys of the state of the art in both functional and contrastive linguistics. The other five sections of the volume are devoted to (i) a cognitive perspective on form and function, (ii) information structure, (iii) collocations and formulaic language, (iv) language learning, and (v) discourse and culture.


Table of contents

 

Foreword
vii
Contributors
ix–xvi
Introduction
Functional approaches to language
Christopher S. Butler
3–17
On contrastive linguistics: Trends, challenges and problems
María de los Ángeles Gómez González and Susana M. Doval-Suárez
19–45
The present book
Christopher S. Butler, María de los Ángeles Gómez González and Susana M. Doval-Suárez
47–53
Form and function in a cognitive perspective
The relation of grammar to thought
Wallace Chafe
57–78
Communicative constructions in English and Spanish
Montserrat Martinez-Vazquez
79–109
Information Structure
Incremental Functional Grammar and the language of football commentary
J. Lachlan Mackenzie
113–128
The role of Theme and Rheme in contrasting methods of organization in texts
Michael J. Cummings
129–154
On clefting in English and Spanish
María de los Ángeles Gómez González and Francisco Gonzálvez-García
155–196
Anaphoric terms and focus of attention in English and Spanish
Maite Taboada
197–218
Collocations and formulaic language
Formulaic language: An overview with particular reference to the cross-linguistic perspective
Christopher S. Butler
221–242
A contrastive analysis of entrenchment and collocational force in variable-sized lexical units
László Komlósi and Elisabeth Knipf
243–268
Language learning
Designing vocabulary tests for English, Spanish and other languages
Paul Meara
271–285
Timing in English and Spanish: An empirical study of the learning of Spanish timing by Anglophone learners
Francisco Gutiérrez Díez
287–306
Spanish and English intonation patterns: A perceptual approach to attitudinal meaning
Rafael Monroy
307–324
Discourse and culture
Emotivity in narrative discourse: Cross-cultural and cross-gender perspectives
Kyoko Takashi and Douglas Wilkerson
327–347
Cardinal Transitivity in foregrounded discourse: A contrastive study in English and Spanish
Pilar Guerrero Medina
349–369
English consciousness in 19th century Spain
Paloma Tejada Caller
371–394
Language index
395
Scholars index
397–401
Subject index
403–413



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