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Historical Sociopragmatics

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  • Editor: Jonathan Culpeper1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027286604
Abstract

Originally published as a special issue of <i>Journal of Historical Pragmatics</i> 10:2 (2009), this is the first book to map out historical sociopragmatics, a multidisciplinary field located within historical pragmatics, but overlapping with socially-oriented fields, such as sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis. Historical sociopragmatics has a central focus on historical language use in its situational contexts, and how those situational contexts engender norms which speakers engage or exploit for pragmatic purposes. The chapters represent a range of ways in which historical sociopragmatics can be understood and investigated. The reader will find English texts from the 15th century through to the 18th, a variety of genres (including personal correspondence, trial proceedings and plays), and both qualitative and (corpus-based) quantitative analyses. Importantly, attention is given to how contexts can be (re)constructed from written records, a <i>sine qua</i> <i>non </i>of the field. It will appeal to advanced-level students and scholars with interests in pragmatics, especially socially-oriented pragmatics, and/or historical linguistics, especially the history of English.

Subjects: Pragmatics; English linguistics; Sociology; Historical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Lancaster University

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