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Changes in language of magazines for children and youth as one of the factors affecting the level of newspaper readership aimed at a young audience (for example “My Little Pony” and “MLP. Equestria Girls”)
The article addresses the issue of the impact of the formation of language magazines for children and young people at their reception and reading. Brought closer to the results of a quantitative analysis of grammatical texts (including their degree of nominalization and wealth of vocabulary) of the...
Negation and alternatives. Interaction with focus constituents
International audience This chapter investigates the interplay between negation and alternatives, one of the richest areas of investigation for the semantics-pragmatics interface, with important insights into how meaning is compositionally calculated and the role of context in this process. It explo...
Searching for Understanding in Cross-Cultural Communication
In our globalized and multicultural world, the problem of understanding is crucial. It is the concern not only of politicians, sociologists, and psychologists, but also a key subject of linguists, translators, language and culture teachers, and specialists of other fields sensitive to cross-cultural...
Translation of Indirect Speech Acts
The article elucidates translation techniques in reproducing English Indirect Speech Acts into Ukrainian within the framework of pragmatics. A special attention is given to indirect directives. In conclusions, an attempt is made to analyze these techniques and their relevance for teaching English
Language Personality in the Russian Linguistic Tradition: Diachronic-Synchronic Aspects
The article is devoted to the analysis of one of the most important terms in modern linguistic usage – the definition of a language personality. It was introduced in Russian-language scientific use in the 1930s by academician V. Vinogradov, and has been related to the ever-increasing interest in the...
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Travels to the Pédibus in the test of habit
Organized by a group of volunteer parents, the Walking School Bus (wsb) was developed in Lausanne as an alternative to children being dropped at school by parent’s car. If its effects have been explored, the factors of involvement favorable to the commitment in this initiative remain scarce. We did...
Expression of visual perception: Franco-Japanese view
Frozenness is a fundamental aspect of how languages function and remains the best indicator of their vitality. It is such an essential phenomenon in language functioning that one can wonder if free strings do exist. Polylexical units largely outnumber monolexical units belonging to the same parts of...
Acting in the diversity of languages
`pbLe présent volume souhaite rendre hommage à Anne-Claude Berthoud et à sa carrière marquée par ce qui constitue à la fois un objet de recherche et une ambition : agir dans la diversité des langues.`br/b Professeure honoraire de l’Université de Lausanne, Anne-Claude Berthoud a été responsable des c...
International Pragmatics and Interculturality Seminar (2016-2017)
La profesora Victoria Escandell, catedrática de Lingüística del Departamento, ha organizado un Seminario sobre Pragmática e Interculturalidad que tuvo lugar el 25 de abril de 2017. En él han participado distintos especialistas en el ámbito y ha contado con la colaboración de varios másteres de la Fa...
Sociological survey of US pragmatics
Stereotyping Communicative Styles In and Out of the Language and Culture classroom: Japanese Indirectness, Ambiguity and Vagueness
The stereotype of reserved and evasive Japanese people, whose language naturally fosters ambiguity and an intuitive and indirect style, pervades popular as well as pedagogical discourse. Despite evidence that, depending on the situation, Japanese can be fairly direct, this persistent stereotype ofte...
Travels to the Pédibus in the test of habit
Organised by a group of volunteer parents, the Walking School Bus (WSB) was developed in Lausanne as an alternative to children being dropped at school by parent's car. If its effects have been explored, the factors of involvement favourable to the commitment in this initiative remain scarce. We did...
Perfects and the semantics/pragmatics interface
“Theory of argumentation as a naturalised social epistemology”
`!-- Début du contenu @xml:lang="en" --bIn this paper, I attempt to characterize the specificity of a social epistemologist viewpoint in argumentation theory by investigating Franz van Eemeren’s pragma-dialectics, the mainstream theory in this domain. This theory, inspired by Herbert-Paul Grice’s p...
What is pre-socratic philosophy?
« Philosophie présocratique » : un objet historique, et donc construit, dont on peut tracer l’origine, comprendre les enjeux, et suivre les avatars. Mais quelle en est la légitimité ? Telle est la question que la série de contributions réunies dans le présent volume explore. Il s’agit à la fois de m...
Discourse topics and digressive markers
Semantics and Pragmatics of the "Reflexive" Verbs
In the series Slavonic Contributions Slavic dissertations of German-speaking countries as well as occasionally also American, English and Russian are published. In addition, the series provides a forum for anthologies and monographs of established scientists.
TEMPS ET TRADUCTION: UNE APPROCHE PRAGMATIQUE
Translation exercises with Romanian as a target language show a significant amount of variety in temporal equivalence. This observation led to an investigation of temporal connotations in French and Romanian from a pragmatics and a translation perspective. In the larger context of the debate surroun...
Pragmatics of science fiction narrative : the example of The World at Last by Jean-Pierre Andrevon
The majority of French research on science fiction (SF) examined its historical background, evolution, or the portrayal of various themes in SF texts (see e.g., Baudin 1971, Gattégno 1992, Grenier 1994, Goimard 1974, 1984, 2002, etc.).However, to our knowledge, no study has taken a pragmatic approac...
Sensitive News to abstain: violence in/contemporary art
The representation of violence has been central to the history of western art. Modern and contemporary art seems, for its part, to turn violence against art itself in a critical gesture that engages our aesthetic relation and seems to exhaust meaning. The present article explores the way some of the...
An analysis on EAP learners' pragmatic production: a focus on request forms
The present study focuses on the effect of instruction in the use of request linguistic realisations by 160 female learners of English as a foreign language. All participants were engaged in an English for Academic Purposes course. Data were collected by means of a pre-test and post-test distributed...
Norm, ideology, imaginary. The rituals of the interpellation with a view to a philosophy of speech
This paper proposes a discourse philosophy approach of interpellation, which engages an history of discourse, and even an ethic reflexion about the use of language. Interpellation is considered as a necessary form of intersubjectivity, which functioning needs the contribution of three disciplinary d...
What is the definition for interpellative uncertainty?
What definition for the loose category of “interpellation” (‘summoning’) in French? Even if in this research we try to give a linguistic definition of the “interpellation”, the category remains questionable and imposes a very broad perspective because in French, “interpellation” someone means callin...
From J. L. Austin to Ch. Travis : a Pragmatic Account of Truth ?
In Philosophy of language nowadays it is generally agreed that the meaning of a sentence can be analyzed in terms of a proposition determining its truth-conditions. Meaning would thus allow us to determine straightforwardly the conditions in which the utterance of a sentence having that meaning woul...
Reply to Gauker
This is part of a symposium on my book 'Truth-Conditional Pragmatics' (OUP 2010) pubished by the journal Teorema.