The Sociopragmatics of Stance

Community, language, and the witness depositions from the Salem witch trials

| University of Kansas
ISBN 9789027210593 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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ISBN 9789027258236 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Anchored in historical pragmatics, historical sociolinguistics, and corpus linguistics, this book weaves together a powerful narrative of the significance of stance marking in the history of English. Focusing on the community of practice that developed during the witch trials in Salem (Massachusetts) in 1692–1693, it showcases how witnesses and the recorders of their ca. 450 depositions deployed linguistic features to signal the evaluation of experiences with alleged witchcraft, the intensification of those experiences, and the sources of the witnesses’ knowledge. The resulting stance profiles for groups of depositions, witnesses, and recorders highlight varying strategies of claiming, supporting, and boosting the importance of the evidence and the role of the witnesses within the community of practice. With its innovative focus on sociopragmatic variation in a historical community, the book demonstrates the essential contribution of synchronic-historical research to the analysis, description, and theorization of stance and historical English more broadly.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 329]  Expected December 2021.  ix, 242 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Chapter 1. “this Is the first to bee Read” Introduction
Chapter 2. “Testifieth and saith” The Salem witch trial witness depositions
Chapter 3. “we thought we did doe well” The Salem witch trials as a community of practice
Chapter 4. “I verily beleue in my hart that martha Carrier is a most dreadfull wicth” Methodology and overview of linguistic strategies of stance
Chapter 5. “in A sudden, terible, & strange, unusuall maner” Evaluating experience
Chapter 6. “I haue ben most greviously affleted” Intensifying experience
Chapter 7. “I saw the Apperishtion of Rebekah nurs” Sourcing experience
Chapter 8. “we perceiued hir hellish temtations by hir loud outcries” Stance profiles
Chapter 9. “and further saith not” Conclusion
Author queries
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
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ONIX 3.0