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Christine Christie: Gender and language : towards a feminist pragmatics; Edinburgh, Edinburgh Univ. Press, pp. 202, ISBN 0-7486-0935-0.

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nr70-2007.pdf 247 Z E S Z Y T Y N A U K O W E UNIWERSYTETU RZESZOWSKIEGO SERIA FILOLOGICZNA ZESZYT 47/2007 STUDIA ANGLICA RESOVIENSIA 4 Grzegorz A. KLEPARSKI, Marta PIKOR-NIEDZIAŁEK GENDER AND LANGUAGE: TOWARDS A FEMINIST PRAGMATICS BY CHRISTINE CHRISTIE, EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2000. PP. 202. ISBN O-7486-0935-O In recent years there has been a sudden increase of publications dedicated to feminist issues treated from different angles and points of view. Also pragmatics – the much-unwanted child of Chomskyan wedlock – is more and more frequently treated from new angles, including diachronic perspective in such works as, for example, Arnovick (1999) which offers seven case studies in English illocutionary development. Judged from this perspective, Christie’s Gender and Language: Towards a Feminist Pragmatics is yet another comprehensive, hence valuable contribution to changing patterns in the studies of language and its use. However, unlike the recent works on pragmatics such as, for example, Kasher (1998) or Verschueren (1999), only Christie’s volume deals with the concept of feminist pragmatics. At the very outset of her book the author adopts George Yule’s (1996:3) definition of pragmatics that pragmatics is the study of how more gets communicated than is said, and, because Christie’s book does not presuppose any prior exposure either to pragmatics or feminist studies on the part of the reader, this definition seems to be fully sufficient for the purposes set for her work. Both pragmatic and feminist approaches to language use are introduced in the two opening chapters of the book. In the first chapter such issues as sentence meaning and speaker meaning are discussed. Moreover, the author explains why studies of language in use need a pragmatic dimension and why pragmatics and feminism are relevant to one another. The second chapter presents the diversity and common concerns of feminist

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