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Doing space: The pragmatics of language and space


Hausendorf, Heiko; Jucker, Andreas H (2022). Doing space: The pragmatics of language and space. In: Jucker, Andreas H; Hausendorf, Heiko. Pragmatics of space. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 1-20.

Abstract

Language use and space are connected in intricate and multiple ways, and therefore pragmatics must account for the numerous dimensions of the spatial parameters of communicative interactions. At the same time, space needs to be seen not as a pre-existing, physical entity, but as something that is being done in the process of using language. This introductory chapter discusses these basic aspects, which permeate all the contributions of this volume, and it introduces three interfaces of language and space: space within language, language use within space, and language(s) in space. The pragmatics of space cannot be reduced to one of these perspectives, but they serve as useful heuristics to structure the contributions of this volume. The chapter also discusses a range of different conceptualizations of space that are relevant for pragmatics, and it proposes some perspectives for future research in the pragmatics of space.

Abstract

Language use and space are connected in intricate and multiple ways, and therefore pragmatics must account for the numerous dimensions of the spatial parameters of communicative interactions. At the same time, space needs to be seen not as a pre-existing, physical entity, but as something that is being done in the process of using language. This introductory chapter discusses these basic aspects, which permeate all the contributions of this volume, and it introduces three interfaces of language and space: space within language, language use within space, and language(s) in space. The pragmatics of space cannot be reduced to one of these perspectives, but they serve as useful heuristics to structure the contributions of this volume. The chapter also discusses a range of different conceptualizations of space that are relevant for pragmatics, and it proposes some perspectives for future research in the pragmatics of space.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Date:2022
Deposited On:30 Sep 2022 16:25
Last Modified:24 Mar 2024 04:38
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Handbooks of Pragmatics [HOPS]
Number:14
ISSN:1877-9611
ISBN:9783110693553
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110693713-001
Related URLs:https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/1d8t6qj/alma991171049381705501 (Library Catalogue)
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)