We have recently seen a broadening of pragmatics to new areas and to the study of more than one language. This is illustrated by the present volume on Contrastive Pragmatics which brings together a number of articles originally presented at the 10th International Pragmatics Conference in Goeteborg in 2007. The contributions deal with pragmatic phenomena such as speech acts, discourse markers and modality in different language pairs using theoretical approaches such as politeness theory, Conversation Analysis, Appraisal Theory, grammaticalization and cultural textology. Also discourse practices and genres may differ across cultures as illustrated by the study of TV news shows in different countries. Contrastive pragmatics also includes the comparative study of pragmatic phenomena from a foreign language perspective, a new area with implications for language teaching and intercultural communication. The contributions to this volume were originally published in Languages in Contrast 9:1 (2009).
1. Introduction; 2. Modality and ENGAGEMENT in British and German political interviews (by Becker, Annette); 3. The intersubjective function of modal adverbs: A contrastive English-French study of adverbs in journalistic discourse (by Celle, Agnes); 4. Intersubjective positioning in French and English: A contrastive analysis of 'ca depend' and 'it depends' (by Defrancq, Bart); 5. Challenges in contrast: A function-to-form approach (by Fetzer, Anita); 6. Interruption in advanced learner French: Issues of pragmatic discrimination (by Guillot, Marie-Noelle); 7. Closeness and distance: The changing relationship to the audience in the American TV news show "CBS Evening News" and the Swiss "Tagesschau" (by Luginbuhl, Martin); 8. The nominative and infinitive in English and Dutch: An exercise in contrastive diachronic construction grammar (by Noel, Dirk); 9. Index