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Elda Weizman, Head of the Unit for Interdisciplinary Studies, is Professor Emerita at Bar Ilan University, where she teaches cross-cultural pragmatics and the theory of translation at the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies. Her research interests, anchored in socio-pragmatics, focus on the interpretation of indirectness in the electronic media in a cross-cultural perspective . She further conducted, with Prof. Lea Kozminsky, a research on the pragmatics of requests in self advocacy by students with learning disabilities, anchored in her previous work on indirect requests. Prof. Weizman is currently conducting a comparative corpus-based cross-cultural research on irony in on-line commenting and op-eds. She has recently received a 3-year Gif grant on The construction of ordinariness in mediated public talk".


  • Cross-cultural pragmatics
  • Political and media discourse
  • corpus studies
  • News interviews
  • cultural variation in the two/vous distinction
  • Comparative pragmatic analysis in Hebrew, French and English and implications for translation
  • Pragmatic analysis of literary texts and implications for translation;
  • Self advocacy

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… → Jun 1982


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