Journal of Historical Pragmatics

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics provides an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical, empirical and methodological work at the intersection of pragmatics and historical linguistics. The editorial focus is on socio-historical and pragmatic aspects of historical texts in their sociocultural context of communication (e.g. conversational principles, politeness strategies, or speech acts) and on diachronic pragmatics as seen in linguistic processes such as grammaticalization or discoursization.

Contributions draw on data from literary or non-literary sources and from any language. In addition to contributions with a strictly pragmatic or discourse analytical perspective, it also includes contributions with a more sociolinguistic or semantic approach. However, the focus of the articles is always on the communicative use of language.

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics contains original articles, research reports and book reviews. Occasionally focus-on issues are published on specific topics within the editorial scope of the journal.

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics invites relevant contributions. Authors are advised to consult the Guidelines. Abstracts of contributions may be sent to both editors, preferably via email.

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 1566-5852 | E-ISSN 1569-9854
Sample issue: JHP 18:1
ORCID logoDaniela Landert | Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Consulting Editor
ORCID logoDawn Archer | Manchester Metropolitan University
Founding Editors
ORCID logoAndreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
Editorial Assistant
Matthew P. Davies | University of Central Lancashire
Editorial Board
ORCID logoCynthia L. Allen | Australian National University, Canberra
ORCID logoDawn Archer | Manchester Metropolitan University
Leslie K. Arnovick | University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Marcel Bax | University of Groningen
ORCID logoMarcella Bertuccelli Papi | University of Pisa
ORCID logoLaurel J. Brinton | University of British Columbia
ORCID logoJonathan Culpeper | Lancaster University
ORCID logoSusan Fitzmaurice | University of Sheffield
Gerd Fritz | Justus-Liebig University, Giessen
ORCID logoBritt-Louise Gunnarsson | Uppsala University
Gudrun Held | University of Salzburg
ORCID logoAndreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
ORCID logoTerttu Nevalainen | University of Helsinki
Noriko O. Onodera | Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University
ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
ORCID logoElizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University
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Latest articles

20 January 2023

  • Maria Napoli Miriam Ravetto (eds). 2017. Exploring Intensification: Synchronic, Diachronic and Cross-linguistic Perspectives
    Reviewed by Zeltia Blanco-Suárez
  • 29 November 2022

  • On the use of sì? (‘yes?’) as invariant follow-up in Italian : A historical corpus-based account of pragmatic language change
    Lorella Viola
  • 14 November 2022

  • The combinative use of “imperative + final particle” in Tokyo language in the Meiji period : Characteristics and historical changes
    Huiling Chen Jianying Du | JHP 23:1 (2022) pp. 146–167
  • 11 November 2022

  • A constructional account of the development of the Chinese stance discourse marker běnlái
    Fangqiong Zhan
  • 21 October 2022

  • From adverb to intensifier : Corpus-based research in diachronic linguistics on the example of the Polish words okrutnie (‘cruelly’), strasznie (‘terribly’) and szalenie (‘madly’)
    Magdalena Pastuch , Barbara Mitrenga Kinga Wąsińska
  • 14 October 2022

  • Heiko Narrog Bernd Heine . 2021. Grammaticalization
    Reviewed by Ying Dai Yicheng Wu
  • 13 October 2022

  • Responding to thanks : From you’re welcome to you bet
    Laurel J. Brinton | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 180–201
  • Politeness reciprocity in Shakespeare’s dialogue : The case of thanks
    Jonathan Culpeper , Samuel J. Oliver Vittorio Tantucci | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 202–224
  • Looking for concepts in Early Modern English : Hypothesis building and the uses of encyclopaedic knowledge and pragmatic work
    Susan Fitzmaurice | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 282–300
  • The sociopragmatic nature of interjections in Early Modern English drama comedy : From ah to tut
    Ursula Lutzky | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 225–244
  • Lexical choices in Early Modern English devotional prose
    Jeremy J. Smith | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 263–281
  • Medical book reviews 1665–1800 : From compliments to insults
    Irma Taavitsainen | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 245–262
  • The rise of a concessive “category reassessment” construction : But fear all the same
    Elizabeth Closs Traugott | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 164–179
  • Introduction
    Irma Taavitsainen Jonathan Culpeper | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 161–163
  • 10 October 2022

  • Who’s speaking for whom? Rhetorical questions as intersubjective mixed viewpoint constructions in an early Daoist text
    Mingjian Xiang , Esther Pascual Bosen Ma | JHP 23:1 (2022) pp. 29–53
  • 4 October 2022

  • Constructionalized rhetorical questions from negatively biased to negation polarity : The case of Hebrew lo mi yodea ma
    Ruti Bardenstein | JHP 23:1 (2022) pp. 111–145
  • “Have nou godenai day” : A phatic mediaeval farewell?
    Carol Parrish Jamison
  • (Polite) directives in mediaeval Catalan : Constructions with the verb plaure (‘please’)
    Katalin Nagy C. | JHP 23:1 (2022) pp. 54–83
  • 26 September 2022

  • The subjunctive in Renaissance French : An exploratory study through personal correspondence
    Miriam A. Eisenbruch | JHP 23:1 (2022) pp. 1–28
  • From deontic modality to conditionality : A diachronic investigation into in Classical Chinese
    Yueh Hsin Kuo | JHP 23:1 (2022) p. 84
  • 19 July 2022

  • Margaret E. Winters . 2020. Historical Linguistics: A Cognitive Grammar Introduction
    Reviewed by Isabeau De Smet | JHP 23:1 (2022) pp. 168–174
  • 19 April 2022

  • Matti Peikola , Aleksi Mäkilähde , Hanna Salmi , Mari-Liisa Varila Janne Skaffari (eds). 2017. Verbal and Visual Communication in Early English Texts
    Reviewed by Jeremy Smith | JHP 22:2 (2021) pp. 301–303
  • 23 November 2021

  • Impoliteness in women’s specialised writing in seventeenth-century English
    Francisco Alonso-Almeida Francisco José Álvarez-Gil | JHP 22:1 (2021) pp. 121–152
  • 16 November 2021

  • A Grammar of Authority? Directive speech acts and terms of address in two single-genre corpora of Classical French
    Annette Gerstenberg Carine Skupien-Dekens | JHP 22:1 (2021) pp. 1–33
  • 21 October 2021

  • Systemic change and interactional motivation : The development of the Chinese sentence-final particle bucheng
    Jiajun Chen | JHP 22:1 (2021) pp. 69–95
  • 14 September 2021

  • Imogen Marcus . 2018. The Linguistics of Spoken Communication in Early Modern English Writing: Exploring Bess of Hardwick’s Manuscript Letters
    Reviewed by Terttu Nevalainen | JHP 22:1 (2021) pp. 153–160
  • 27 August 2021

  • Turbulent periods and the development of the scientific research article, 1735–1835
    David Banks | JHP 22:1 (2021) p. 96
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    Görlach, Manfred. 2003. English Words Abroad. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

    Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller (eds). 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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    Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, ed. by Norman E. Spear, and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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    Claes, Jeroen, and Luis A. Ortiz López. 2011. “Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish].” Spanish in Context 8: 50–72.

    Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.

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    Main BIC Subject

    CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative