Investigations into the Meta-Communicative Lexicon of English

A contribution to historical pragmatics

Ulrich Busse | Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Axel Hübler | Friedrich Schiller University Jena
ISBN 9789027256256 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027274618 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Google Play logo
The volume contributes to historical pragmatics an important chapter on what has so far not been paid adequate attention to, i.e. historical metapragmatics. More particularly, the collected papers apply a meta-communicative approach to historical texts by focusing on lexis that either directly or metaphorically identifies or characterizes entire forms of communication or single acts and act sequences or minor units. Within the context of their use, such lexical expressions, in fact, provide a key for disclosing historical forms of communication; taken out of context, they build the meta-communicative lexicon.
The articles follow three principal distinctions in that they investigate the meta-communicative profile of genres, meta-communicative lexical sets and meta-communicative ethics and ideologies. They cover a broad spectrum of text types that span the entire history of the English language from Anglo-Saxon chronicles to computer-mediated communication.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 220] 2012.  vii, 292 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Investigations into the Meta-Communicative Lexicon of English is a masterful and frontline demonstration of the vibrant field of meta-pragmatics in terms of the analysis presented. Its completely engaging style is a testimony to the authoritative scholastic depth both of the editors and of the authors. I strongly commend it to all scholars who are interested in pragmatics and other related disciplines, such as discourse analysis, stylistics, applied linguistics, anthropology, historical linguistics and semiotics.”
Cited by

Cited by 13 other publications

Dossena, Marina
2015. (Re)constructed eloquence: rhetorical and pragmatic strategies in the speeches of Native Americans as reported by nineteenth-century commentators. Brno Studies in English 41:1  pp. 5 ff. DOI logo
Evans, Mel
2020. Royal Voices, DOI logo
Heliasz-Nowosielska, Celina
2023. Multimodalność w narracjach o komunikacji. Relacjonowanie działań komunikacyjnych, a ich werbalne i niewerbalne sposoby realizacji, DOI logo
Jucker, Andreas
2020. Politeness in the History of English, DOI logo
Jucker, Andreas H. & Irma Taavitsainen
2014. Diachronic corpus pragmatics: Intersections and interactions. In Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 243],  pp. 3 ff. DOI logo
Kádár, Dániel Z. & Annick Paternoster
2022. Historicity in metapragmatics – a study on ‘discernment’ in Italian metadiscourse. Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)  pp. 369 ff. DOI logo
Paternoster, Annick
Reilly, Ian
2018. F for Fake: Propaganda! Hoaxing! Hacking! Partisanship! and Activism! in the Fake News Ecology. The Journal of American Culture 41:2  pp. 139 ff. DOI logo
Saltamacchia, Francesca & Andrea Rocci
Verschueren, Jef
2021. Reflexivity and Meta-awareness. In The Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics,  pp. 117 ff. DOI logo
Whitt, Richard J.
2018. “And all this is spoken of the naturall byrth …”. English Text Construction 11:2  pp. 226 ff. DOI logo
[no author supplied]
2021. Fundamentals of Sociopragmatics. In The Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics,  pp. 13 ff. DOI logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 14 february 2024. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.


Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012002114 | Marc record