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Speech Acts and Clause Types

English in a Cross-Linguistic Context

Peter Siemund

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198718147

464 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Price: £39.99

This book is an introduction to the relationship between the morphosyntactic properties of sentences and their associated illocutionary forces or force potentials. It draws on insights from linguistics, philosophy, and sociology, and may be used as a textbook for undergraduate or graduate courses in semantics, pragmatics, and morphosyntax.

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This book is an introduction to the relationship between the morphosyntactic properties of sentences and their associated illocutionary forces or force potentials. It draws on insights from linguistics, philosophy, and sociology, and may be used as a textbook for undergraduate or graduate courses in semantics, pragmatics, and morphosyntax.

  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on linguistics, philosophy, and sociology
  • Contains extensive cross-linguistic data to illustrate the various clause types under examination
  • Each chapter concludes with a concise summary, exercises, and suggestions for further reading and research

About the Author(s)

Peter Siemund, Professor of English Linguistics, University of Hamburg

Peter Siemund has been Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg since 2001. He pursues a cross-linguistic typological approach in his work on reflexivity and self-intensifiers, pronominal gender, interrogative constructions, speech acts and clause types, argument structure, tense and aspect, varieties of English, and language contact. His many publications include, as author, Pronominal Gender in English: A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Routledge, 2008) and Varieties of English: A Typological Approach (CUP 2013), and, as editor, Linguistic Universals and Language Variation (Mouton de Gruyter 2011) and Foreign Language Learning in Multilingual Classrooms (with Andreas Bonnet; John Benjamins 2017).

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:Illocutionary acts and illocutionary force
    3:Clauses and clause types
    4:Functional typology
    5:Declaratives and assertions
    6:Polar interrogatives and yes/no-questions
    7:Constituent interrogatives and content questions
    8:Imperatives and commands
    9:Exclamatives and exclamations
    10:Minor clause types
    11:Performative verbs and social actions
    12:Summary and outlook

Reviews

"thought-provoking and as such would inspire future research ... a valuable contribution to research on speech acts and clause types in English ... I am, therefore, happy to highly recommend the book to researchers of English and general linguistics, in particular to those interested in semantics, pragmatics and the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics." - Hang Su, Discourse Studies