Reanimated Voices

Speech reporting in a historical-pragmatic perspective

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Reanimated Voices addresses three activities: reporters evoking speech events; interpreters (re)constituting those speech events; and historical pragmaticians eavesdropping in time on the reporters and interpreters. Can one reconstruct aspects of pragmatic competence on the basis of written texts only? Reanimated Voices answers this in the affirmative. It offers a methodology for historical-pragmatic reconstruction to explain the synchronic patterns of variation in premodern writings.
Reanimated Voices examines the distribution of reporting strategies in a corpus of medieval Russian texts. Forms preferred in specific recurring contexts are matched with the need(s) served by those contexts — a fit reflecting collective intentionality. Occasional “residual forms” -strategies that appear in contexts where others predominate- also reflect cooperative behavior; they index utterances departing from the prototype or unusual configurations of participants. Thus Reanimated Voices explores reporting as an activity of rational agents coordinating interpretation in accordance with cultural and institutional notions of relevance.

This book has won the annual book prize in the category Slavic Linguistics awarded by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 85]  2001.  xx, 384 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
xi
Preface
xiii
Conventions for citing Cyrillic sources
xix
Abbreviations
xxi
1. The pragmatics of reported speech
1
2. The text-kind: A pragmaphilological overview
27
3. Testimony
35
4. Residual forms in testimony
75
5. The question framework
151
6. Reporting from judicial-referral hearings
177
7. Layered reports
203
8. Reporting the verdict
245
9. Conclusions
285
Notes
303
References
319
Appendix: Text-kind and date of the investigated trial transcripts
343
Name index
349
Subject index
355
“Daniel E. Collins's Reanimated Voices is a valuable contribution to the study of the burgeoning field of historical pragmatics. [...] Students of historical pragmatics in general, and of reported speech in particular, will find this is an important monograph that provides a theoretically sound and methodologically valid, if not well-balanced [...] account of 'reporting in medieval Russian trial transcripts' [...]. Through a successful genre-based approach to patterns of lexical and syntactic usage, this volume certainly sheds some new light on further functionalist research on language in use.”
“A first-class piece of scholarship revealing a great deal of erudition. It is simply indispensable to any academic programme teaching literary pragmatics.”
Reanimated Voices is a detailed and highly nuanced pragmatic analysis of a series of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Northeast Russian trial records. [...] This study should have broad appeal: the questions underlying the study are of general interest to the fields of historical and pragmatic linguistics, but his results are also important contributions to the study of early Russian texts.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00051913