This book departs from the premise that context represents a complex relational configuration which can no longer be conceived as an analytic prime but rather requires a parts-whole perspective to capture its inherent dynamism. The edited volume presents a collection of papers which examine the connectedness between context, contextualization and entextualization. They address the questions how meaning and speech acts are situated in context, how both are influenced by context, how context influences speech acts and meaning, how context is imported into the discourse, and how context is entextualized in discourse. The papers cover institutional and non-institutional contexts, the language of Greek laws, political discourse, confrontational media discourse and task-oriented face-to-face and back-to-back interactions. They reflect current moves in pragmatics and discourse analysis to cross disciplinary and methodological boundaries by integrating relevant premises and insights, in particular cognition, adaptive action, negotiation of meaning, sequentiality, recipient design and genre.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction (by Fetzer, Anita); 3. Situated meaning in context; 4. Why a mother's rule is not a law: The role of context in the interpretation of Greek laws (by Moser, Amalia); 5. Fighting words: Hybrid discourse and discourse processes (by Berlin, Lawrence N.); 6. Context and talk in confrontational discourses (by Granato, Luisa); 7. Deixis in context; 8. This? No, that! Constructing shared contexts in the conversational dyad (by Jungbluth, Konstanze); 9. "Here is the difference, here is the passion, here is the chance to be part of great change": Strategic context importation in political discourse (by Fetzer, Anita); 10. Context, contrast, and the structure of discourse in Turkish (by Turan, Umit Deniz); 11. Communicative action in context; 12. Speech acts in context (by Mey, Jacob L.); 13. How are speech acts situated in context? (by Oishi, Etsuko); 14. Context: An adaptive perspective (by Nyan, Thanh); 15. Subject index; 16. Author index