Pre-funeral condolence visits as pragmemes

SOURCE: The pragmeme of accommodation: the case of interaction around the event of death
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Sobane, C.Adonis
SOURCE EDITOR(S): V.Parvaresh, A.Capone
KEYWORDS: BASOTHO (PEOPLE), CULTURAL RIGHTS, FUNERALS, PRAGMATICS
DEPARTMENT: Research Use and Impact Assessment (RIA), Research Use and Impact Assessment (PRESS), Research Use and Impact Assessment (CC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9781

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Abstract

In this chapter we discuss the discursive structure and features of pre-burial visits among the Basotho people. We look at these visits as a pragmatic phenomenon, with a particular focus on the language used and how the social context shapes language use. Language used in these contexts constitutes a particular kind of social action whose function extends well beyond the semantic structure of what is said. The chapter therefore illuminates the significance of language as an action embedded in a particular socio-cultural context.