Vague Language Explored

  • Joan Cutting

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joan Cutting
      Pages 3-17
  3. Vagueness and Genre

  4. Psychology of Vagueness

  5. Cross-Cultural Vagueness

  6. Conclusion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


Vague language ('bags of time', 'doing stuff', 'and all that') is an aspect of communicative competence of considerable social importance. This book examines its function. It spans genre analysis, critical discourse analysis, psycholinguistics and cross-cultural sociolinguistics, and suggests applications in TEFL and directions for future research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joan Cutting
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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