This volume brings together a wide array of papers which explore, among other things, to what extent languages and cultures are variable with respect to the interactions around the event of death. Motivated by J. L. Mey’s idea of the pragmeme, a situated speech act, the volume has both theoretical and practical implications for scholars working in different fields of enquiry. As the papers in this volume reveal, despite the terminological differences between various disciplines, the interactions around the event of death serve to provide solace, not only to the dying, but also to the family and friends of the deceased, thus helping them to “accommodate” to the new state of affairs.
Introduction: Death, Dying and the Pragmeme, Vahid Parvaresh.- Part I: Death and Society.- Catholic Rituals of Death and Funeral Homily: A Socio-Pragmatic Survey in Southern Italy, Elvira Assenza.- Pragmeme(s) of Sympathy Cards in the Midwestern US, Richard W. Hallett.- Panegyrists, Vagueness and the Pragmem e,
Vahid Parvaresh.- Grief Interactions Among Emerging Adults on College Campuses, Mary Alice Varga.- Pre-Funeral Condolence Visits as Pragmemes, Konosoang Sobane and Cyril Adonis.- Socio-Cultural Factors in Analyzing the Pragmeme of Accommodation: A Case Study of the Official Online Eulogy Request System in Taiwan, Wei-lun Lu.- The Pragmeme of Accommodation in Yor ù b á
Death Events, Taiwo Ehineni.- Specifying Pragmemes: The Case of Expressing Condolences in Memorial Advertisements, Gregor Walczak.- Stories of Grief and Loss: How College Students Learned to Listen, Barbara A. McDonald.- PART II: DEATH ACROSS LANGUAGES AND CULTURES.- To Be Headed for the West, Riding a Crane :
Chinese Pragmemes in the Wake of Someone’s Passing, Adrian Tien.- English vs. Japanese Condolences: What People Say and Why, John C. Wakefield and Hiroko Itakura.- On Death in Artificial Languages, Alan Libert.- Toward a Pragmatic Study of Funeral Discourses in Taiwan: Voice, Shared Situation Knowledge, and Metaphor, Ming-yu Tseng.- Accommodating Language: A Comparative Investigation of the Use of Euphemisms for Death and Dying in Obituaries in English and in German, Philipp Hänggi & Catherine Diederich.- Sacrificed, Lost or Gave Life for Their Country:
Cognitive Analysis of Euphemisms for Death in G.W. Bush and B. Obama's War Speeches, Ivana Moritz.- Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Perspectives on the Emotional and Pragmatic Expression of Sympathy in Spanish and English, Jocelly G. Meiners.- PART III: THE LANGUAGE OF DEATH.- ‘The Bad Death’- Deciphering and Developing the Dominant Discourse on ‘The Good Death’, Michael Hviid Jacobsen.- “CLOSING THE BOOK OF LIFE”: The Hospice Discourse and the Construction of the Dying Role: A Discourse-Theoretical Analysis, Leen Van Brussel & Nico Carpentier.- Reclaiming Self by Working through Loss: A Discourse Analysis of Psychotherapy Sessions, Joanna Pawelczyk.- A Death in Late Victorian Dublin, Keith Allan.- Gray’s ‘Elegy’: A Polyphonous Elegy Sung to The Silence of Death, Maria Grazia Dongu.- The Fragile Nature of Human Glory: Death and Poetry in Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,
Dario Tomasello.- Talking Death: An Analysis of Selected Entries in Frida Kahlo’s Diary, Roxana Delbene