Diachronic Pragmatics

Seven case studies in English illocutionary development

| University of British Columbia
ISBN 9789027250834 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556199462 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027299024 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The purpose of Diachronic Pragmatics is to exemplify historical pragmatics in its twofold sense of constituting both a subject matter and a methodology. This book demonstrates how diachronic pragmatics, with its complementary diachronic function-to-form mapping and diachronic form-to-function mapping, can be used to trace pragmatic developments within the English language. Through a set of case studies it explores the evolution of such speech acts as promises, curses, blessings, and greetings and such speech events as flyting and sounding. Collectively these “illocutionary biographies” manifest the workings of several important pragmatic processes and trends: increased epistemicity, subjectification, and discursization (a special kind of pragmaticalization). It also establishes the centrality of cultural traditions in diachronic reconstruction, examining various de-institutionalizations of extra-linguistic context and their affect on speech act performance. Taken together, the case studies presented in Diachronic Pragmatics highlight the complex interactions of formal, semantic, and pragmatic processes over time. Illustrating the possibilities of historical pragmatic pursuit, this book stands as an invitation to further research in a new and important discipline.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 68]  2000.  xii, 196 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Figures
1. English Illocutionary History: A Methodological Introduction
2. Flyting and Sounding the Agonistic Insult
3. Rationalist Prescriptions for Shall and Will
4. The Expanding Discourse of the English Promise
5. Subjectification in the Common Curse
6. Good-bye: The Pragmatic Reanalysis of the Close
7. It’s Nothing to be Sneezed At: Discursization in the Polite Bless You!
8. Extra-Linguistic Contexts for Illocutionary Change
“One of the great merits of this book is that it makes a serious attempt to examine the role of context in shaping the development of pragmatic forms.[...] this is an admirable book. I look forward to future publications by this author.”
“Mit ihrem Buch liefert Leslie Arnovick einen wichtigen Beitrag auf dem relativ jungen Field der diachronen Pragmatik.”
“Arnovick's book will certainly become an important publication in the new field of historical pragmatics.”
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