The Pragmeme of Accommodation: The Case of Interaction around the Event of Death

  • Vahid Parvaresh
  • Alessandro Capone

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Vahid Parvaresh
    Pages 1-13
  3. Death and Society

  4. Death Across Languages and Cultures

  5. The Language of Death

About this book


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.


Death across cultures Formal and informal speech of mourning Pragmeme of commemoration Use of euphemisms for death and dying Obituaries in English and in German Educational material for hospice workers Eulogistic Expressions as a pragmeme

Editors and affiliations

  • Vahid Parvaresh
    • 1
  • Alessandro Capone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and MediaAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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