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This book brings together papers written by William F. Hanks over the last decade, organized around the three central themes that have been emerged in his work: indexicality and referential practices; discourse genres and textuality; and the historical embeddedness of language. Together, they present the main elements of a coherent, synthetic approach to language in context.This means that the organization of a work is in some degree independent of both the world it purports to represent ... What, in these terms, were the genres of sixteenth-century Maya discourse, and what do they tell us about the idea of genre? ... Evidently, direct, primary genres become oblique when incorporated into secondary ones, as in the case of verbatim quotation embedded in a narrative frame.

Author:William F. Hanks
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - 2000-01-10


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