Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past

| University of Turku
| University of Turku
| University of Turku
| University of Turku
| Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027253774 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588116260 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027294586 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
This volume presents a variety of pragmatic and discourse analytical approaches to a wide range of linguistic data and historical texts, including data from English, French, Irish, Latin, and Spanish. This diversity of research questions and methods is a feature of the field of historical pragmatics, which by its very nature has to take into account the multiplicity of historical contexts and the infinite variety of human interaction. This is highlighted in the book’s introduction by means of the metaphor of "opening windows". Each chapter is a window affording a different view of the linguistic and textual landscape. Some of these windows were opened by historical linguists who have acquired discourse perspectives, some by pragmaticians with historical interests, and others by literary scholars drawing from linguistic pragmatics. Contributors include L. J. Brinton, A. H. Jucker, F. Salager-Meyer, I. Taavitsainen, B. Wehr, L. Wright, and sixteen others.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 134]  2005.  x, 418 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
A frame for windows: On studying texts and discourses of the past
Matti Peikola and Janne Skaffari
Discourse in the public sphere
News discourse: Mass media communication from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century
Andreas H. Jucker
Advertising discourse in eighteenth-century English newspapers
Maurizio Gotti
Presidential inaugural addresses: A study in a genre development
Natalia Kovalyova
Freedom of speech at stake: Fallacies in some political discourses in the Early Republic
Juhani Rudanko
Text-initiating strategies in eighteenth-century newspaper headlines
Patrick Studer
Science and academia
Patterns of agentivity and narrativity in early science discourse
Heidrun Dorgeloh
The economics academic lecture in the nineteenth century: Marshall's Lectures to Women
Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti
Contesting authorities: John Wilkins' use of and attitude towards the Bible, the classics and contemporary science in The Discovery of a World in the Moone (1638)
Marko Oja
Personal pronouns in argumentation: An early tobacco controversy
Maura Ratia
Criticism under scrutiny: A diachronic and cross-cultural outlook on academic conflict (1810–1995)
Françoise Salager-Meyer
The underlying pattern of the Renaissance botanical genrepinax
Philippe Selosse
Genres and the appropriation of science: Loci communes in English in the late medieval and early modern period
Irma Taavitsainen
Letters and litterature
Chaucer's narrators and audiences: Self-deprecating discourse in Book of the Duchess and House of Fame
Michael Foster
Discourse on a par with syntax, or the effects of the linguistic organisation of letters on the diachronic characterisation of the text type
Javier Pérez-Guerra
Verba sic spernit mea: The usage of rupture of coherence in Seneca's tragedies
Augustin Speyer
Discourse and pragmatics
‘Ther been thinges thre, the whiche thynges troublen al this erthe’: The discourse-pragmatics of ‘demonstrative which’
Alexander Bergs
Processes underlying the development of pragmatic markers: The case of (I) say
Laurel J. Brinton
From certainty to doubt: The evolution of the discourse marker voire in French
Amalia Rodríguez Somolinos
Politeness as a distancing device in the passive and in indefinite pronouns
Jun-ichi Toyota
Language contact and discourse
Discourse features of code-switching in legal reports in late medieval England
Mary Catherine Davidson
Focusing strategies in Old French and Old Irish
Barbara Wehr
Medieval mixed-language business discourse and the rise of Standard English
Laura Wright
Author Index
Subject Index
“This collection simultaneously covers a diverse range of topics and issues related to contemporary discourse studies, including media, political rhetoric, argumentative, and expository literary discourse, pragmatics, language switching, business writing, etc. The volume, as such, provides a valuable groundwork for scholars with interests not only in diachronic perspectives on discourse, but for those who are interested in the social changes from a multidisciplinary point of view, genre theory, social sciences, etc. This volume provides subtle and revealing explorations of various issues related to historical discourses and at the same time it poses questions and provides answers that will impact on future thinking about pragmatics, and discourse and society in general and about historical discourse linguistics.”
“[...] the extension and consistency of the articles in this volume is rich and presents a variety of papers on very different issues, at the same time autonomous and worth a further insight on the one side, interdependent and contributing to reinforce the dynamic framework of historical pragmatics on the other.”
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BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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