Susan Fitzmaurice

List of John Benjamins publications for which Susan Fitzmaurice plays a role.



Politeness in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Edited by Annick Paternoster and Susan Fitzmaurice

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 299] 2019. vii, 288 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics
Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics

Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation

Edited by Randi Reppen, Susan Fitzmaurice and Douglas Biber

[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 9] 2002. xii, 275 pp.
Subjects Corpus linguistics | English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Pragmatics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


This paper demonstrates the value of studying co-occurrence ‘quads’ – constellations of four non-adjacent lemmas that consistently co-occur across spans of up to 100 tokens – for understanding discursive change. We map meaning onto quads as ‘discursive concepts’, which encompass encyclopaedic… read more
The idea that conceptual meaning in discourse could be identified in constellations of lexical co-occurrences in a particular “universe” of discourse was key in guiding the computational historical semantic–pragmatic work conducted in the Linguistic dna project. The project mapped prominent… read more
Paternoster, Annick and Susan Fitzmaurice 2019 Politeness in nineteenth-century Europe, a research agendaPoliteness in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Paternoster, Annick and Susan Fitzmaurice (eds.), pp. 1–36 | Chapter
Fitzmaurice, Susan, Justyna A. Robinson, Marc Alexander, Iona C. Hine, Seth Mehl and Fraser Dallachy 2017 Reading into the past: Materials and methods in historical semantics researchExploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics, Säily, Tanja, Arja Nurmi, Minna Palander-Collin and Anita Auer (eds.), pp. 53–82 | Chapter
The Linguistic DNA project investigates concepts in early modern England and adopts a bottom-up approach to query whether the key concepts intuited by historians of ideas are manifested in the printed discourse of the time. By applying computational methods and close reading to Early English Books… read more
Fitzmaurice, Susan 2010 Mr Spectator, identity and social roles in an early eighteenth-century community of practice and the periodical discourse communitySocial Roles and Language Practices in Late Modern English, Pahta, Päivi, Minna Nevala, Arja Nurmi and Minna Palander-Collin (eds.), pp. 29–53 | Article
This paper explores questions of identity and social roles in the Spectator community of practice and its broader periodical discourse community in commercial publishing in early eighteenth-century London. A keyword analysis of the Spectator essays reveals the lexical underpinnings of the… read more
This paper involves the historical construction of pragmatic meanings in a courtship correspondence of the eighteenth century. I draw on relevance theory in a pilot analysis preliminary to the pragmatic coding of implicature and inference in a rich body of epistolary prose in the letters subcorpus… read more
This paper draws upon Horn’s reworking of Grice’s conversational maxims as Q- and R-principles in order to provide a rich pragmatic reading of British comic drama, from the London comedies of Ben Jonson, to the restoration comedy of William Wycherley to the late twentieth-century London comedy of… read more
Fitzmaurice, Susan 2000 Remarks on the de-grammaticalisation of infinitival to in present-day American EnglishPathways of Change: Grammaticalization in English, Fischer, Olga, Anette Rosenbach and Dieter Stein (eds.), pp. 171–186 | Article