Discourse Markers in Early Modern English

ORCID logoUrsula Lutzky | Birmingham City University
ISBN 9789027256324 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This volume provides new insights into the nature of the Early Modern English discourse markers marry, well and why through the analysis of three corpora (A Corpus of English Dialogues, 1560-1760, the Parsed Corpus of Early English Correspondence, and the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English). By combining both quantitative and qualitative approaches in the study of pragmatic markers, innovative findings are reached about their distribution throughout the period 1500-1760, their attestation in different speech-related text types as well as similarities and differences in their functions. Additionally, this work engages in a sociopragmatic study, based on the sociopragmatically annotated Drama Corpus of almost a quarter of a million words, to enhance our understanding about their use by characters of different social status and gender. This volume therefore constitutes an essential piece of the puzzle in our attempt to gain a full picture of discourse marker use.

This book won the 2014 ESSE book award in English Language and Linguistics

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 227] 2012.  ix, 293 pp.
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“This in-depth, scholarly treatment of several Early Modern discourse markers is unsurpassed. By incorporating social factors within its corpus method, it pushes forward the boundaries of both historical corpus linguistics and sociopragmatics.”
“Ursula Lutzky’s work perfectly fits into the still relatively new, but rapidly expanding, research fields of historical sociopragmatics and diachronic corpus linguistics, providing a systematic and innovative account of three English discourse markers. Quite aside from the valuable data collection and systematisation, the work offers exhaustive accounts of the methodologies adopted and of the increasingly large body of literature in this field. As a specialist in historical pragmatics, with an interest in the relatively elusive and classification-defying behaviour of discourse markers, I am looking forward to having this book available in the library!”
“Ursula Lutzky’s book on discourse markers in Early Modern English has an innovative approach as it uses a sociopragmatically annotated corpus as (part of) its data. The analysis works well and can serve as a model for other researchers.”
“I would recommend this book to all scholars interested in socio-historical linguistics, historical pragmatics more generally, and, of course, especially to those interested in discourse markers.”
“Overall this volume is a valuable contribution to the study of discourse markers. The quantitative and qualitative analyses based on extensive corpus material provide innovative findings about the uses of the three discourse markers and their developments over time in the Early Modern English period. The study breaks new ground in historical discourse marker studies by including the importance of text type in the analysis. Moreover the sociopragmatic analysis points to a promising direction for future historical research on discourse markers. The study of discourse markers in new contexts can also contribute to larger pragmatic issues such as ‘what we mean by discourse markers’, their multifunctionality and functional spectrum.”
“The main strength of this book is its systematicity and thoroughness. As good as every decision and comment made by the author regarding the analysis, the results, the method and material, and the theoretical framework are acknowledged and firmly anchored in a substantial background of literature; the reader is made to feel that he or she is in good hands.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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