Language and Communication


Author: Susanne Winkler

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110403587

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 378

View: 2981

This edited volume investigates the concept of ambiguity and how it manifests itself in language and communication from a new perspective. The main goal is to uncover a great mystery: why can we communicate effectively despite the fact that ambiguity is pervasive in the language that we use? And conversely, how do speakers and hearers use ambiguity and vagueness to achieve a specific goal? Comprehensive answers to these questions are provided from different fields which focus on the study of language, in particular, linguistics, literary criticism, rhetoric, psycholinguistics, theology, media studies and law. By bringing together these different disciplines, the book documents a radical change in the research on ambiguity. The innovation is brought about by the transdisciplinary perspective of the individual and co-authored papers that bridge the gaps between disciplines. The research program that underlies this volume establishes theoretical connections between the areas of (psycho)linguistics that concentrate on the question of how the system of language works with the areas of rhetoric, literary studies, theology and law that focus on the question of how communication works in discourse and text from the perspective of both production and perception. A three-dimensional Ambiguity Model is presented that serves as a theoretical anchor point for the analyses of the different types of ambiguities by the contributors of this volume. The Ambiguity Model is a hybrid model which brings together the different perspectives on how language and the language system work with respect to ambiguity as well as the question of how ambiguity is employed in communication and in different communicational settings. A set of specific features that are relevant for the description of ambiguity, such as whether the ambiguity arises in the production or perception process, and whether it occurs in strategic or nonstrategic communication, are defined. The research program rests on the assumption that both the production and the perception of ambiguity, as well as its strategic and nonstrategic occurrence, can only be understood by exploring how these factors interact with each other and a reference system when ambiguity is generated and resolved. The collection Ambiguity: Language and Communication constitutes a superb introduction to the workings of ambiguity in language and communication along with extensive analyses of many different examples from different fields. As such it is relevant for students of linguistics, literary studies, rhetoric, law and theology and at the same time there is sufficient quality analysis and new research questions to benefit advanced readers who are interested in ambiguity.


eine interdisziplinäre Einführung in die rhetorische Praxis


Author: Rouven Soudry

Publisher: C.F. Müller GmbH

ISBN: 9783811432567

Category: Rhetoric

Page: 204

View: 1479

Paradoxien der Innovation

Perspektiven sozialwissenschaftlicher Innovationsforschung


Author: Dieter Sauer,Christa Lang

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 9783593363141

Category: Social sciences

Page: 266

View: 7592

International Classification


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cataloging

Page: N.A

View: 4314

Journal on theory and practice of universal and special classification systems and thesauri.

Beiträge Zum Islamischen Recht VII

Islam und Menschenrechte


Author: Hatem Elliesie

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631578483

Category: Law

Page: 578

View: 8408

Contributions in German and English, with Arabic summaries.

Theologians and Contract Law

The Moral Transformation of the Ius Commune (ca. 1500-1650)


Author: Wim Decock

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9004232842

Category: Law

Page: 724

View: 5898

In "Theologians and Contract Law," Wim Decock offers an account of the moral roots of modern contract law. He explains why theologians in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries built a systematic contract law around the principles of freedom and fairness.

Political Thought in the Age of Scholasticism


Author: Jèurgen Miethke,Martin Kaufhold

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004139907

Category: Political Science

Page: 387

View: 8149

This volume brings together principal reflections on the phenomenon of political theory in the age of scholasticism with focussed case studies of prominent authors and their work. It thus presents a vivid profile of the current discussion about political theory in the later Middle Ages.

Festschrift für Thomas Raiser zum 70. Geburtstag am 20. Februar 2005


Author: Reinhard Damm,Peter W. Heermann,Rüdiger Veil

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783899491104

Category: Business enterprises

Page: 901

View: 5295

Die Festschrift ist einem hervorragenden und weit bekanntenJuristen gewidmet, der in Wissenschaft und Praxis gleichermaßen Bedeutendes geleistet hat.