Edited by Jana Pelclová and Wei-Lun Lu
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 79] 2018
► pp. 21–42
Chapter 1. Patterns of persuasion in Hungarian medical discourse domain from the 16th and 17th centuries
This study focuses on the persuasive patterns and conceptual domains of 16th and 17th century Hungarian medical recipes. From a theoretical perspective, the study is set in a functional cognitive framework, with heavy reliance on historical pragmatics and sociolinguistics. From a methodological perspective, the research is based on the concept of genre as script, which is an organized form of everyday knowledge, and on the metonymic model of speech acts. From the qualitative analysis of eight historical and representative collections of recipes, three main conclusions were drawn. First, persuasion can be best described with the help of persuasive intent within linguistic. Second, persuasion cannot be interpreted without its sociocultural context. Last, certain persuasive patterns can be delineated that are closely associated with the norms of the analyzed genre.