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Space and Identity in G. B. Shaw's Plays - A Pragmatic Approach
Space and Identity in G. B. Shaw's Plays - A Pragmatic Approach

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Ajtony
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: spatial revolution; cultural space; language use; politeness; stereotypes

Summary/Abstract: This paper is an afterthought of a longer project on the verbal representations of Britain and Britishness in G. B. Shaw’s plays. In this study I consider the spatial revolution defined by Carl Schmitt (1997 [1954]) as a source of attitude change developed within the British cultural space towards their own island and the Continent. Verbally overt and covert aspects of the British space are considered in a series of selected Shavian plays, discussing the attitude of Shaw’s characters towards their island and their fellow-islanders, their verbal behaviour as defined by the cultural and historical space in which they exist. In the pragmatic analysis of the literary fragments the interactional microsociolinguistic method is applied, i.e. texts are considered as a sociolinguistic corpus on which the characters’ verbal behaviour is investigated.

  • Issue Year: 4/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 296-309
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English