Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics

ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
ORCID logoAndreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
Jukka Tuominen | University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027256485 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Diachronic corpus pragmatics extends the pragmatic perspective to developments in the history of various languages and uses corpus-linguistic methods to trace them. The chapters in this volume focus on linguistic elements at several levels, from individual words to phrases, clauses and entire genres and discourse forms. Using the most recent corpus tools, the authors investigate correlations between forms, functions and contexts in diachronic case studies that combine quantitative precision with close qualitative interpretation. The articles deal with different languages including English, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Estonian and Japanese, bringing their research traditions in pragmatics and corpus linguistics in dialogue with each other. This is the first time that such a wide range of languages has been brought together to showcase an exciting new field at the intersection of pragmatics, historical linguistics and corpus methodology.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 243] 2014.  viii, 335 pp.
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“This volume illustrates the rich and exciting intersection of historical linguistics, pragmatics, and corpus linguistics. The papers included in this collection undertake the challenges of applying the methodology of corpus linguistics to questions of
historical pragmatics. They are especially noteworthy in the variety of languages they examine (from Japanese to Estonian and Finnish, as well as more traditional Germanic and Romance languages), the types of corpora they use, and the range of pragmatic
phenomena they study.”
“This book is quite extraordinarily timely. In line with current trends in historical linguistics away from langue- to parole-focused work, it draws upon two methodological frameworks: corpus linguistics and historical pragmatics. That the book comes from the impressive 'school' which has done so much to develop these approaches is no surprise, but it remains truly exciting to see the productiveness of the approaches adopted here. The collection offers detailed studies of particular problems and issues alongside theoretical work with a more general interest, and can be recommended without reservation.”
“The volume has many strengths and will appeal to pragmaticists with various interests: from an impressive range of languages under analysis (it is a signal for Slavonic linguistics to make its contribution), through intriguing historical and contextual detail, testing new corpus tools and statistical approaches, to redefining and delineating the scope of diachronic pragmatics itself.”
“This is an engaging volume with generally strong chapters that contribute significantly to our knowledge of a number of pragmatic phenomena in a range of languages. By identifying, labeling and articulating the sub-field of diachronic corpus pragmatics reflected in these articles, the editors have carved out disciplinary space for a particular set of approaches and goals. The outlining of this sub-field will undoubtedly attract new scholars to the area, and this promises to lead to further methodological innovation and discoveries about the interplay between language and context in historical periods.”
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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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