Formulaic Genres by K. KuiperFormulaic Genres by K. Kuiper

Formulaic Genres

byK. Kuiper

Hardcover | April 28, 2009

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Mikhail Bakhtin was right. Humans could not use the languages they know without also learning the genres which govern so much of our social life. These genres frequently consist of rules prescribing the order in which we must say things and formulaic phraseology which prescribes what can and should be said. Native speakers know only a small fraction of the formulaic genres in a speech community. This relativizes the concept of a native speaker in all situations. Koenraad Kuiper illustrates these views with an array of fascinating case studies of engagement notice writers, horse race commentators, weather forecasters, pump aerobics instructors, square dance callers, cartoonists, and Red Guards.
Koenraad Kuiper is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia.
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Title:Formulaic GenresFormat:HardcoverDimensions:223 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.77 inPublished:April 28, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230553524

ISBN - 13:9780230553521

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations PART I: FORMULAIC GENRES What Are Formulaic Genres? A Day at the Races Forecasting the Weather Polite Genres in a Multilingual Community: Greeting and Eating in Singapore Playing a False Part: Projecting and Perceiving Fraudulent Identities on the Internet PART II: GENRELECTS: VARIATION AND CHANGE IN FORMULAIC GENRES AND TRADITIONS Idiolectal Variation: Ritual Talk at the Supermarket Checkout Gender Variation and Politeness: Form and Function in Controlling the Body Geographic Variation: Formulaic Variation in Engagement Notices Revolutionary Change: Formula Change During the Cultural Revolution, People's Republic of China Historical Variation: The Historical Reconstruction of Proto English Auction Speech Volitional Variation: Humour and Formulae Notes References Index