Pragmatics of Semantically-Restricted Domains, the second volume of Pragmatic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics, edited by Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka, gathers papers which partly complement and develop the first volume, Speech Actions in Theory and Applied Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). Most of the texts collected in this book, representative of advanced independent research and that of an informed exercise in the application of a pragmatic framework, result from the Fourth Symposium on "New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics," organized at the University of Lodz, Poland, in May 2008. Accepting the inevitable failure of any attempt to pose a strict and clear-cut division between the research area of semantics and that of pragmatics, the volume focuses on pragmatics-oriented analyses of data which are best described as "semantically" limited. While Volume One concentrated on speech as a type of action, the present volume, without denying the inherently actional nature of language use, concentrates on limited contexts. Pragmatic phenomena in semantically-restricted domains are addressed from a variety of both theoretical and applied perspectives.
The book is divided in three parts. Part One, "Pragmatics, Politics and Ideology," gathers seven papers centered on issues pertaining to political linguistics. In Part Two, "The Pragmatics of Humour, Power and the Media," there are eight papers which explore issues of politeness and modesty, pragmatic aspects of mediated and gendered discourse, or dynamicity of power relation in interaction. Part Three, "Focus on Textual Properties," concentrates on text, excluding political discourse. It integrates discussions of equivalence and specialized translation, intertextual properties and pragmatically-motivated lexical choices in business communication, in law, and in science.
"This volume is the second collection of papers in the series Pragmatic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics, carefully edited by Dr Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka (Vol 1: Speech Actions in Theory and Applied Studies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010). The volume explores pragmatic phenomena such as power distribution and humour which appear in selected semantically and lexically restricted domains, i.e. political discourse, translation, and terminology. The collection is recommended both to individual scholars and to libraries-it is representative of today's cognitive-functional orientation in pragmatics and includes contributions by well-known scholars alongside with new voices entering the field." -Prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, University of Lodz, Poland