New anthology about the forms and functionality of negation

Negatives and Meaning: Social Setting and Pragmatic Effects. Using Negatives in Political Discourse, Social Media and Oral Interaction, edited by Malin Roitman, explores the pragmatic dimension of negation and its functions in media and public discourses, using tools from cognitive, functionalist and pragmatic language theories, and from corpus linguistics.

Negation is one of our most central phenomena in human language and we use it daily for a vast range of different purposes: for rejec­tion, denial and for expressing non-existence. Since ancient times it has captivated scholars, logicians and philosophers and the very last century linguists have been intrigued by its evasive and versatile character.

Based on hypotheses within pragmatics and discourse analysis, the main assumption in this anthology is that forms of expressing negatives emerge and adjust constantly and in accordance with the cultural domain and the social setting of their appearance.

By bringing together scholars from different countries, with studies on different languages, this volume aims to shed light and contribute to new knowledge about the forms and function­ality of this universal phenomenon.

About the Authors

Malin Roitman (editor) is associate professor at the Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University. Her research focuses on political discourses and the argumentation strategies that arise there. She is particularly interested in phenomena of pragmatics and enunciation, such as acts of disagreement and refutation, polyphony markers, and including rhetoric, expressions of ethos and axiology. Many of her works focus on the function of negation in the debates of French presidential election campaigns and debates. Malin Roitman has edited the collective volume The Pragmatics of Negation: negative meanings, uses and discursive functions (2017) and co-edited three more books on political discourse analysis.

Elena Albu is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen.

Anne-Laure Besnard is an associate professor of English linguistics at Rennes 2 University (Univ. Rennes) in France.

Francesca Capuano is a research associate at the Department of Psychology of the University of Tübingen.

José Manuel Durán is an associate professor at the Universidad de Belgrano.

Bonnie B. Fonseca-Greber is associate professor of French in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville.

Kjersti Fløttum is a professor of French linguistics at the University of Bergen.

María Marta García Negroni is a professor of French Linguistics at the University of Buenos Aires and associate professor at the University of San Andrés.

Øyvind Gjerstad is an associate professor of French linguistics at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Renia Lopez-Ozieblo is the coordinator of the Spanish and European studies programs in the English Department of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong.

Tomohiro Sakai, Ph.D in Linguistics, University of Paris VIII, 2004, Ph.D in Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, 2003, is a Professor for the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University in Japan.

How to access this book

At the Stockholm University Press website you can download an ePub or pdf-file that allows you to read the book online or access it on multiple devices. You may also order a print copy of the book through the website:

Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages

Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages (SSIRL) (ISSN 2002-0724) is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press. SSIRL strives to provide a broad forum for research on Romance Languages of all periods, including both linguistics and literature.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination, so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.

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