Professor Koike: Pragmatic Variation in First and Second Language Contexts - Methodological Issues
Posted: September 20, 2012
Professor Dale Koike has recently published a new, co-edited book, Pragmatic Variation in First and
Second Language Contexts - Methodological issues
Edited by J. César Félix-Brasdefer and Dale A. Koike
Indiana University, USA / University of Texas at Austin, USA
Departing from Schneider and Barron (2008), representing the emerging field of Variational Pragmatics, this volume examines pragmatic variation focusing on methods utilized to collect and analyze data in a variety of first (L1) and second (L2) language contexts. The objectives are to: (1) examine variation in such areas of pragmatics as speech acts, conventional expressions, metapragmatics, stance, frames, mitigation, communicative action, (im)politeness, and implicature; and (2) critically review central methodological concerns relevant for research in pragmatic variation, such as coding, ethical issues, qualitative and quantitative methods, and individual variation. Theoretical frameworks vary from variationist and interactional sociolinguistics, to variational pragmatics. This collection contains eleven chapters by leading scholars, including two state-of-the art chapters on key methodological issues of pragmatic variation study. Given the theoretical perspectives, methodological focus, and analyses, the book will be of interest to those who study pragmatics, discourse analysis, second
language acquisition, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and language variation.