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Gender, politeness and pragmatic particles in French

Beeching, CM


CM Beeching


Beeching, C. (2002). Gender, politeness and pragmatic particles in French. Benjamins

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 104
Series Title Pragmatics & Beyond New Series
ISBN 9789027253446
Keywords gender, politeness, pragmatic particles, French
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Additional Information Additional Information : This monograph, an abridged and updated version of Kate Beeching's PhD thesis, submitted in 2001, is published by Benjamins, a publisher which specialises in linguistics titles written by scholars with an international reputation. It appeared in their "Pragmatics and Beyond New Series" as Volume 104 and takes its place in contributing to the development of this fast-moving new field of inquiry. The thesis itself was supervised by Professor Carol Sanders of the University of Surrey and Professor Françoise Gadet at the University of Paris X-Nanterre, both eminent in the field of sociolinguistics in their respective countries. The work breaks new ground by presenting and investigating a sociolinguistic corpus of spoken French, collected and transcribed by the author and made available on-line from the UWE Web-site. Corpus Linguistics is a relatively new field and the work reviews corpora in France, transcription conventions and ways of establishing and investigating a corpus of spoken French. The work is original in bringing together French and British/American traditions in linguistic description and sociolinguistic investigation. Moreover, it provides a detailed analysis of linguistic features � pragmatic particles � which are often ignored in traditional grammars and dictionaries. This is particularly the case for French. Finally, it is innovative in exploring language and gender in French � very little has been written on this theme in France, though sociolinguistic enquiry in this area has been more developed in Canada and Belgium. The study is underpinned by a critical review of politeness theory � initiated by Brown and Levinson in 1978, this field has seen an upsurge of interest and development in the last 25 years. The work was refereed by two external reviewers, who made very positive references to the contribution made by the work to the field, and has received positive reviews in two professional journals.

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