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
Dawn Archer | Manchester Metropolitan University
Review Editor
Graham T. Williams | University of Sheffield
Founding Editors
Andreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
Irma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
Editorial Assistant
Matthew P. Davies | University of Central Lancashire
Editorial Board
Cynthia L. Allen | Australian National University, Canberra
Leslie K. Arnovick | University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Marcel Bax | University of Groningen
Marcella Bertuccelli Papi | University of Pisa
Laurel J. Brinton | University of British Columbia
Jonathan Culpeper | Lancaster University
Andreas Fischer | University of Zurich
Susan Fitzmaurice | University of Sheffield
Gerd Fritz | Justus-Liebig University, Giessen
Britt-Louise Gunnarsson | Uppsala University
Gudrun Held | University of Salzburg
Andreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
Terttu Nevalainen | University of Helsinki
Noriko O. Onodera | Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University
Irma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
Elizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University
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Latest articles

3 March 2021

  • Future markers in Western Romance : Cyclic change, synchronic variation and diachronic competition
    Ulrich Detges | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 289–314
  • Functional expansions of temporal adverbs and discursive connectives : From Latin tum, tunc, dumque to Old Italian dunque
    Chiara Fedriani & Piera Molinelli | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 182–207
  • Connectives and cyclicity : From the Latin temporal phrase illa hora to the Italian discourse marker allora
    Chiara Ghezzi & Piera Molinelli | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 208–235
  • Some reflections on semantic–pragmatic cycles
    Salvador Pons Bordería & Ana Belén Llopis Cardona | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 315–346
  • Semasiological cyclicity in the evolution of discourse markers : A case from Sicilian
    Giulio Scivoletto | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 236–262
  • Parallels between the negative cycle and the rise of interrogative marking in French
    Richard Waltereit | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 263–288
  • Introduction : The role of pragmatics in cyclic language change
    Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen | JHP 21:2 (2020) pp. 165–181
  • 28 August 2020

  • Text-organizing metadiscourse : Tracking changes in rhetorical persuasion
    Ken Hyland & Feng (Kevin) Jiang | JHP 21:1 (2020) pp. 137–164
  • Old English law-codes : A synchronic-diachronic genre study
    Lilo Moessner | JHP 21:1 (2020) pp. 28–52
  • Pseudo-hortative and the development of the discourse marker eti poca (‘well, let’s see’) in Korean
    Seongha Rhee | JHP 21:1 (2020) pp. 53–82
  • Visual pragmatics of abbreviations and otiose strokes in John Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes
    Justyna Rogos-Hebda | JHP 21:1 (2020) pp. 1–27
  • Local grammars and diachronic speech act analysis : A case study of apology in the history of American English
    Hang Su | JHP 21:1 (2020) pp. 109–136
  • On the diachrony of giusto? (‘right?’) in Italian : A new discoursivization
    Lorella Viola | JHP 21:1 (2020) p. 83
  • 10 December 2019

  • How filthy was Cleopatra? Looking for dysphemistic words in ancient Greek
    Amy Coker | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 186–203
  • When please ceases to be polite : The use of sis in early Latin
    Eleanor Dickey | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 204–224
  • Seneca’s De Beneficiis and non-verbal politeness in ancient Rome
    Jon Hall | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 225–243
  • Supercilious monk at Kiṭāgiri : Early Indian politeness and Buddhist monastic law
    Christopher Handy | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 244–262
  • Politeness, gender and the social balance of the Homeric household : Helen between Paris and Hector in Iliad 6.321–356
    Francesco Mari | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 263–285
  • Conceptualizations of linguistic politeness in Latin : The emic perspective
    Luis Unceta Gómez | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 286–312
  • Introduction
    Dániel Z. Kádár & Kim Ridealgh | JHP 20:2 (2019) pp. 169–185
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    Once your paper is accepted for publication, it is essential that the references be formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. This book series uses the ‘Author-Date’ style as described in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS).

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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.

    Article (in book):

    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.

    Article (in journal):

    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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    Prof. Dawn Archer
    School of Language, Literature and International Studies
    University of Central Lancashire
    Preston, PR1 2HE
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    Main BIC Subject

    CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

    Main BISAC Subject

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