Journal of Historical Pragmatics

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ORCID logoDaniela Landert | Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg | daniela.landert at
Consulting Editor
ORCID logoDawn Archer | Manchester Metropolitan University
Review Editor
ORCID logoKim Ridealgh | University of East Anglia
Founding Editors
ORCID logoAndreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
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
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Latest articles

11 September 2023

  • Repeated, imagined, hearsay : Representation of reported discourse in eighteenth-century legal testimony
    Jenelle Thomas | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 302–326
  • The pragmatic and rhetorical function of perfect doubling in the work of D. V. Coornhert
    Cora van de Poppe Joanna Wall | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 245–275
  • 7 September 2023

  • Modal may in requests : A comparison of regional pragmatic variation in Early Modern Scottish and English correspondence
    Christine Elsweiler
  • 5 September 2023

  • The rise of what-general extenders in English
    Laurel J. Brinton
  • Disenchantment of the word in sixteenth-century Dutch farce
    Femke Kramer | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 276–301
  • The history of second-person pronouns in European Portuguese
    Víctor Lara Bermejo
  • Story, style, and structure : The second person in early Uruguayan children’s literature
    María Irene Moyna Teresa Blumenthal | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 217–244
  • 25 April 2023

  • Winnie Chor . 2018. Directional Particles in Cantonese: Form, Function, and Grammaticalization
    Reviewed by Dániel Z. Kádár | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 332–337
  • 30 March 2023

  • Ritual and modern “politeness” in the Romanian Principalities during the Phanariot period
    Mihaela-Viorica Constantinescu | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 124–142
  • 16 March 2023

  • Introduction : Politeness in and across Historical Europe
    Dániel Z. Kádár , Gudrun Held Annick Paternoster | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 1–15
  • 14 March 2023

  • The codification of nineteenth-century etiquette : On politeness, morality, rituals and discernment
    Annick Paternoster | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 160–178
  • 10 March 2023

  • Facetus and the birth of “European” politeness
    Luis Unceta Gómez | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 32–48
  • 9 March 2023

  • Historical language use in Europe from a contrastive pragmatic perspective : An exploratory case study of letter closings
    Juliane House , Dániel Z. Kádár , Fengguang Liu Wenrui Shi | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 143–159
  • 8 March 2023

  • Historical changes in politeness norms : Are Finnish and French conceptions of politeness moving closer to each other?
    Johanna Isosävi | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 198–216
  • 7 March 2023

  • Cicero’s De Officiis, politeness and modern conduct manuals
    Jon Hall | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 16–31
  • A culture of “pleasing”? Conceptual observations on the development of European “politeness” behaviour between aesthetics and ethics
    Gudrun Held | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 49–67
  • 6 March 2023

  • The informalisation of address practice in Swedish in a historical perspective
    Maria Fremer | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 179–197
  • German and Romance civility in contact : Retracing Early Modern European dynamics of polite address through historical foreign language manuals
    Linda Gennies | JHP 24:1 (2023) p. 86
  • 28 February 2023

  • A European model of polite conversation? Della Casa, Gioia and Knigge
    Giovanna Alfonzetti | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 105–123
  • 23 February 2023

  • Diplomatic letters from the Republic of Ragusa in the fifteenth century : (Im)politeness strategies in diplomatic epistolary discourse
    Ana Lalić | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 68–85
  • 20 February 2023

  • Mareike L. Keller . 2020. Code-Switching: Unifying Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
    Reviewed by Hamzeh Moradi Ruijuan Ye | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 327–331
  • 31 January 2023

  • Coherence in translation : A domains-of-use approach to subjectivity and causality in Bible translations
    José Sanders Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 204–244
  • 20 January 2023

  • Maria Napoli Miriam Ravetto (eds). 2017. Exploring Intensification: Synchronic, Diachronic and Cross-linguistic Perspectives
    Reviewed by Zeltia Blanco-Suárez | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 353–362
  • 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 | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 175–203
  • 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 | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 245–284
  • 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 | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 285–326
  • 14 October 2022

  • Heiko Narrog Bernd Heine . 2021. Grammaticalization
    Reviewed by Ying Dai Yicheng Wu | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 346–352
  • 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 | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 327–345
  • (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
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    Matthew P. Davies | University of Central Lancashire
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    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
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    ORCID logoJonathan Culpeper | Lancaster University
    ORCID logoSusan Fitzmaurice | University of Sheffield
    Gerd Fritz | Justus-Liebig University, Giessen
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    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
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    Main BIC Subject

    CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

    Main BISAC Subject

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