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Contrastive Discourse Analysis Contrastive Discourse Analysis
Functional and Corpus Perspectives
Edited by: Maite Taboada, Susana Doval Suárez, Elsa González Álvarez

Series: Functional Linguistics

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Much of the “new wave” of contrastive linguistics has focused on aspects of the grammatical system, examining phonological, morphological, lexical and syntactic similarities and differences across two or more languages. As with many other areas of linguistics, there exists a renewed interest in discourse perspectives in the study of languages in contrast, and much of that work uses corpora and corpus linguistics techniques to study language.

This volume provides examples of cutting-edge research in contrastive analyses of different languages. The papers have been organized around four themes: studies of discourse markers; information structure; registers and genres; and phraseology. The languages included (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish) cover a range of European languages, showing not only diversity in their grammatical structures, but also subtle differences that are the focus of many of the papers. The techniques used, from concordancing and careful annotation to painstaking qualitative analysis, showcase the variety of approaches to the study of languages in contrast and include contributions from discourse, corpus and functional perspectives.

Functional and Corpus Perspectives in Contrastive Discourse Analysis
Maite Taboada, Susana Doval Suárez and Elsa González Álvarez

1. Discourse Markers and Coherence Relations: Comparison across Markers, Languages and Modalities
Maite Taboada and María de los Ángeles Gómez González, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2. Pragmatic Triangulation and Misunderstanding: A Prosodic Perspective
Jesús Romero-Trillo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

3. Spanish venga and its English Equivalents: A Contrastive Study of Teenage Talk
Anna-Britta Stenström, University of Bergen, Norway

4. Discourse Markers in French and German: Reasons for an Asymmetry
Séverine Adam and Martine Dalmas, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

5. Thematic Parentheticals in Dutch and English
Mike Hannay, VU University Amsterdam, and María de los Ángeles Gómez González

6. Word Order and Information Structure in English and Swedish
Jennifer Herriman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

7. The Use of It-clefts in the Written Production of Spanish Advanced Learners of English
Susana Doval Suárez and Elsa González Álvarez

8. Annotating Thematic Features in English and Spanish: A Contrastive Corpus-based Study
Jorge Arús Hita, Julia Lavid and Lara Moratón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

9. Topic and Topicality in Text: A Contrastive Study of English and Spanish Narrative Texts
Raquel Hidalgo and Angela Downing, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

10. Towards a Comparison of Cohesive Reference in English and German: System and Text
Kerstin Kunz and Erich Steiner, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany

11. Genre- and Culture-specific Aspects of Evaluation: Insights from the Contrastive Analysis of English and Italian Online Property Advertising
Gabrina Pounds, University of East Anglia, UK

12. Contrastive Analysis of Evaluation in Text: Key Issues in the Design of an Annotation System for Attitude Applicable to Consumer Reviews in English and Spanish
Maite Taboada and Marta Carretero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

13. An Annotation Scheme for Dynamic Modality in English and Spanish
Juan Rafael Zamorano-Mansilla and Marta Carretero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

14. Corpus Analysis and Phraseology: Transfer of Multi-word Units
Juan Pedro Rica Peromingo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

15. Lying as a Metaphor in a Bilingual Phraseological Corpus (German-Spanish)
Ana Mansilla, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

This book, by presenting many enlightening ideas and quite useful methods in doing contrastive analysis, is really worthy of reading, and is highly recommended.

ISBN-13 (Hardback)9781908049759
Price (Hardback)£60.00/$90.00
Publication DateMay 2013
Size234 x 156mm
Illustrations11 figures

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