Gudrun Held

List of John Benjamins publications for which Gudrun Held plays a role.



Politeness in and across Historical Europe

Edited by Annick Paternoster, Gudrun Held and Dániel Z. Kádár

Special issue of Journal of Historical Pragmatics 24:1 (2023) vi, 216 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics


This paper seeks to explain the development of European politeness as a result of courtly behaviour where “complaisance” played an important role. As traces left in the so-called “language of politeness” of numerous European linguacultures show, mutual “pleasing” determined social performance in… read more
Kádár, Dániel Z., Gudrun Held and Annick Paternoster 2023 Introduction: Politeness in and across Historical EuropePoliteness in and across Historical Europe, Paternoster, Annick, Gudrun Held and Dániel Z. Kádár (eds.), pp. 1–15 | Introduction
This paper studies the public communication act of petitions made in the Middle Ages by subjects to their governors in situations of high personal need. Analysing an edited corpus of correspondence in Anglo-Norman and Italian chancelleries of the early thirteenth to the late fifteenth century, I… read more