Corpus Pragmatics: A Handbook by Karin Aijmer, Christoph Rühlemann

By Karin Aijmer, Christoph Rühlemann

Corpus linguistics is a fashioned technique which makes use of real language information, saved in huge machine corpora, because the foundation for linguistic examine. relocating clear of the normal intuitive method of linguistics, which used made-up examples, corpus linguistics has made an important contribution to all components of the sector. until eventually very lately, corpus linguistics has concentrated nearly completely on syntax and the lexicon; although corpus-based techniques to the opposite subfields of linguistics are actually quickly rising, and this can be the 1st instruction manual on corpus pragmatics as a box. Bringing jointly a staff of major students from world wide, this instruction manual seems at how using corpus information has expert learn into diverse key elements of pragmatics, together with pragmatic rules, pragmatic markers, review, reference, speech acts, and conversational business enterprise.

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The difficulties in identifying indirect speech acts in naturally occurring discourse have also led researchers to use a combination of computerized 14 Christoph Rühlemann and Karin Aijmer searches and manual line-by-line analysis. In Paula Garcia McAllister’s case study, ‘the identification-in-context’ methodology is used to explore Searle’s category of directives. The aim of her study is to investigate if there is a relationship between situation types and speech acts used in academic conversations.

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As shown, for example, in Garcia’s contribution in the present volume, non-conventionalized speech acts can be studied due to added annotation. The methodology Garcia used was careful line-by-line reading, assigning to ‘each utterance that was identified as a speech act . . a code as to what type of speech act it represented’. These annotated subsets were then processed further by use of corpus tools assigning further linguistic and contextual information to each utterance. That is, the analysis started off by means of horizontal reading (identifying speech acts) while the provision of further corpus tools to the subsets added a vertical dimension to the analysis: speech acts could be categorized not only in terms of their type but also in terms of their associated contextual factors.

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