Investigations into the Meta-Communicative Lexicon of English

A contribution to historical pragmatics

| Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
| Friedrich Schiller University Jena
ISBN 9789027256256 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027274618 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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
Preface and acknowledgements
Axel Hübler and Ulrich Busse
Part 1. Metacommunicative profiles 
of communicative genres
1.1 Cross-sectional studies
Sociability: Conversation and the performance of friendship 
in early eighteenth-century letters
Susan Fitzmaurice
“I write you these few lines” Metacommunication and pragmatics 
in nineteenth-century Scottish emigrants’ letters
Marina Dossena
1.2 Longitudinal studies
Inscribed orality and the end of a discourse archive: Metapragmatic and metadiscursive expressions in the Peterborough Chronicle
Richard J. Watts
Managing disputes with civility: On seventeenth-century argumentative discourse
Maurizio Gotti
The metapragmatics of civilized belligerence
Jef Verschueren
The metapragmatics of hoaxing : Tracking a genre label from Edgar Allan Poe to Web 2.0
Theresa Heyd
From speaker and hearer to chatter, 
blogger and user : The changing metacommunicative lexicon in computer-mediated communication
Wolfram Bublitz
Part 2. Metacommunicative lexical sets
Now as a text deictic feature in Late Medieval and Early Modern English medical writing
Irma Taavitsainen and Turo Hiltunen
Performative and non-performative uses 
of speech-act verbs in the history of English
Thomas Kohnen
Verbs of answering revisited: A corpus-based study of their pragmatic development
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen and Tine Defour
A lexical approach to paralinguistic communication of the past
Axel Hübler
Part 3. (Meta-)communicative ethics and ideologies
Historical evidence of communicative maxims
Alexander Brock
Name index
Subject index
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.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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