The first substantial textbook on pragmatics to focus on Spanish. The authors discuss key theories within the Anglo-American tradition of pragmatics, concentrating on the relationship between language use and socio-cultural contexts, and their uptake by Hispanists. Drawing on research by foremost scholars in the field, with reference to a wide range of 'Spanishes', including a first treatment of 'sociopragmatic variation'. Concepts throughout are illustrated with real language examples taken from different Spanish corpora. The book is carefully structured to be appropriate for upper-level undergraduate, as well as postgraduate, students. ROSINA MÁRQUEZ REITER is Senior Lecturer in Spanish Language and Linguistics at the University of Surrey, UK, where she teaches and researches (Spanish) sociopragmatics and sociolinguistics. Her current research interests include sociopragmatic variation with particular reference to Spanish as well as pragmatics in general, cross- and inter-cultural communication as well as politeness theory. She is the author of Linguistic Politeness in Britain and Uruguay. MARÍA ELENA PLACENCIA is Lecturer in Spanish and Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Her main areas of interest are (socio)pragmatics, and cross- and inter-cultural communication. Her publications include Sueños World Spanish and (edited with D. Bravo) Actos de Habla y Cortesía en Español .
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