Claudia Claridge

Claudia Claridge

List of John Benjamins publications for which Claudia Claridge plays a role.


Developments in English Historical Morpho-Syntax

Edited by Claudia Claridge and Birte Bös

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 346] 2019. vi, 312 pp.
Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Morphology | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Norms and Conventions in the History of English

Edited by Birte Bös and Claudia Claridge

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 347] 2019. v, 215 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


This study investigates selected epistemic adverbs in the courtroom discourse of the Old Bailey Corpus. Over time, more epistemic types are used in court and the frequencies of individual items are on the rise, with probably standing out as the most frequent item. All items are overwhelmingly used… read more | Chapter
An aspect distinguishing historical from other narration is the historiographers’ engagement with sources and other scholars, which shows as intertextuality in the text. A prominent intertextual device is the (foot)note, which originates around 1700 (Grafton 1997: 191) and whose institutionalised… read more | Chapter
Bös, Birte and Claudia Claridge. 2019. Linguistic norms and conventions: Past and present. Norms and Conventions in the History of English, Bös, Birte and Claudia Claridge (eds.), pp. 1–6
This chapter investigates how drunkenness is presented during criminal proceedings in courtroom speech by focusing on words meaning ‘drunk’. A wide range of drunken terms are used by all courtroom participants, which differ in force, euphemistic potential and style, and are thus employed to… read more | Chapter
Claridge, Claudia and Birte Bös. 2019. Introduction. Developments in English Historical Morpho-Syntax, Claridge, Claudia and Birte Bös (eds.), pp. 1–8
All variants of the form a x deal of are investigated across nineteenth-century English in south-eastern England and in Australia. Determiner uses dominate followed by adverbial uses with verbs and pronominal uses coming last. The great majority of items found include an adjective, almost… read more | Chapter
The investigation of the pragmatic marker now in trial proceedings from 1560 to 1800 shows a genre-specific usage profile with regard to its uses and functions. Courtroom “professionals” (lawyers, judges and other officials) use now significantly more frequently than lay speakers (witnesses,… read more | Article
Claridge, Claudia. 2017. Chapter 8. The Poor Man’s Guardian: The linguistic construction of social groups and their relations. Diachronic Developments in English News Discourse, Palander-Collin, Minna, Maura Ratia and Irma Taavitsainen (eds.), pp. 137–155
Radical papers like The Poor Man’s Guardian had an important role in bringing about class consciousness in nineteenth-century Britain. The newspaper linguistically constructs three groups involved in the class struggle in an extended us vs. them deictic constellation, namely the rich and powerful… read more | Chapter
Claridge, Claudia. 2015. News in space and time. Changing Genre Conventions in Historical English News Discourse, Bös, Birte and Lucia Kornexl (eds.), pp. 55–80
This paper deals with the question how early newspapers deal with the encoding of place and time information. The influence of genres relevant to early news, i.e. letters and chronicles, is taken into account as well as later developments within news writing. Deictic items frequent in early news… read more | Article
Claridge, Claudia and Merja Kytö. 2014. I had lost sight of them then for a bit, but I went on pretty fast: Two degree modifiers in the Old Bailey Corpus. Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics, Taavitsainen, Irma, Andreas H. Jucker and Jukka Tuominen (eds.), pp. 29–52
This article investigates the degree modifiers pretty and a bit in the subsection 1730s–1830s of the Old Bailey Corpus (OBC), containing speech-based/related data (ca. 50 million words). Pretty is shown to be already grammaticalized, with the degree modifier uses clearly dominating.… read more | Article
The article traces the development of three pragmatic markers with a hedging function, as it were, so to speak and if you like, back to their origins in the fourteenth century, the mid-seventeenth century and the early nineteenth century, respectively. They all probably started out as full clauses,… read more | Article
The multi-word items how come and what…for can both mean ‘why’ in modern English. Semantically they derive via the conceptual links ‘causes are temporally prior’, ‘causation is forced movement’, and ‘causes are purposes.’ What…for has the longer history of the two forms, going back to at least… read more | Article
Claridge, Claudia and Merja Kytö. 2010. Non-standard language in earlier English. Varieties of English in Writing: The written word as linguistic evidence, Hickey, Raymond (ed.), pp. 15–42
The concept of ‘non-standard’ remains somewhat fuzzy during the Early Modern English period. Language change and especially ongoing standardization can make it difficult to pin down an individual feature at any given time as clearly non-standard. Contemporary views of ‘good’ language, which we also… read more | Article
Claridge, Claudia. 2007. Conditionals in Early Modern English texts. Connectives in the History of English, Lenker, Ursula and Anneli Meurman-Solin (eds.), pp. 229–254
The paper explores the functions and distribution of questions in the Lampeter Corpus of Early Modern English Tracts, a 1.1 million-word corpus of pamphlets written between 1640 and 1740. Pamphlets are a highly interactive medium with a mostly persuasive function. Thus it is not surprising that… read more | Article
Claridge, Claudia and Andrew Wilson. 2002. Style evolution in the English sermon. Sounds, Words, Texts and Change: Selected papers from 11 ICEHL, Santiago de Compostela, 7–11 September 2000, Fanego, Teresa, Belén Méndez-Naya and Elena Seoane (eds.), pp. 25–44