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Elastic Language : How and Why We Stretch Our Words (Hardcover) (Grace Q. Zhang)

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"Elastic language carries non-specific and stretchable meaning, as in 'He loves her, kind of'. It is used like a slingshot, targeting various strategic goals. Consolidating current research and charting new directions, this book develops a refreshing theory of elasticity, empirically attested by natural language data from tension-prone encounters between Australian Customs officers and passengers. The theory proposes three principles (fluidity, stretchability and strategy) and offers a systematic look athow elastic language, as a sliding scale, works to balance strengthening and weakening speech tones, to firm and soften a speaker's stance, and to reveal and evade the truth. The comparative analysis of forms, functions, and context confirms that elasticlanguage is fluid, stretchable, and strategic. It serves both cooperative and competitive functions, and social and speech factors impact on its use. This book will appeal to students and researchers working in pragmatics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and communication"--
Number of Pages: 242
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: Grace Q. Zhang
Language: English
Street Date: August 31, 2015
TCIN: 50232731
UPC: 9781107028449
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-8793

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