Pragmatic developments in the history of English
| Justus-Liebig University, Giessen
Until very recently, pragmatics has been restricted to the analysis of contemporary spoken language while historical linguistics has studied historical texts and language change in a decontextualized way. This has now radically changed and scholars from around the world are trying to build a new theoretical framework that integrates recent advances both in pragmatics and in historical linguistics. The volume, which contains 22 original articles, starts with an introduction that is both a state-of-the-art account of historical pragmatics and a programmatic statement of its future potential and its different subfields. Part I contains seven pragmaphilological papers that deal with historical texts and their interpretations by paying close attention to the communicative context of these texts. The second and third parts comprise papers in diachronic pragmatics. The ten papers of part II take a linguistic form as their starting point, e.g. particular lexical items or syntactic constructions, and study their pragmatic functions at different times (diachronic form-to-function mappings), while the four papers of part III take a particular pragmatic function as their starting point, e.g. discourse strategies or politeness, and study their linguistic realisation at different times (diachronic function-to-form mappings).
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 35] 1995. xvi, 623 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | p. ix
List of Contributors | p. xiii
The historical Perspective in PragmaticsAndreas Jacobs and Andreas H. Jucker | p. 3
The Openness of Medieval TextsHeinz Bergner | p. 37
They Had Thier Points: Punctaution and Interpretation in English Renaissance LiteratureGert Ronberg | p. 55
Punctuation: And- ‘Pragmatics’John Lennard | p. 65
A Close Reading of William Caxton’s Dialogues: “… to lerne Shortly frenssh and englyssh”Werner Hüllen | p. 99
Wills and Will-Making in 16th and 17th Century England: Some Pragmatic AspectsUlrich Bach | p. 125
Justifying Grammars: A Socio-Pragmatic Foray into the Discourse Community of Early English GrammatiansRichard J. Watts | p. 145
Communicative Clues in Sir Gawain and the Green KnightM. Pilar Navarro-Errasti | p. 187
Diachronic form-to-function mapping
Pragmatic Maxims in Explanations of Language Change?José Pinto De Lima | p. 197
Pragmatic Constraints to Word Order, and Word-Order Change in EnglishEnrique Bernárdez and Paloma Tejada | p. 217
The Semantic and Pragmatic Development of Substitutive Complex Prepositions in EnglishScott A. Schwenter and Elizabeth Closs Traugott | p. 243
On Doing as You PleaseCynthia L. Allen | p. 275
Your Average Generalisations: A Case-Study in Historical PragmaticsKatie Wales | p. 309
Demonstratives in Early Modern English LettersBarbara Kryk-Kastovsky | p. 329
The Ambiguous Adverbial/Conjunctions pa and ponne in Middle English: A Discourse-Pragmatic Study of then and when in Early English Saints’ LivesBrita Wårvik | p. 345
Middle English po and other Narrative Discourse MarkersMonika Fludernik | p. 359
Diachronic Analysis of Japanese Discourse MarkersNoriko O. Onodera | p. 393
Interjections in Early Modern English: From Imitation of Spoken to Conventions of Written LanguageIrma Taavitsainen | p. 439
Diachronic function-to-form mapping
Topics in the History of Dialogue formsGerd Fritz | p. 469
“Then I saw to antique heddes”: Discourse Strategies in Early Modern English TraveloguesTuija Virtanen | p. 499
Linguistic Politeness Strategies in Shakespeare’s PlaysRoman Kopytko | p. 515
Constraints on Politeness: The Pragmatics of Address Formulae in Early English CorrespondanceTerttu Nevalainen and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg | p. 541
Index of Names and Sources | p. 603
Index of Subjects | p. 617
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General