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In this paper, I examine a form of argumentation employed by one of the most prominent parliamentarian news pamphlets of the English Civil War (1642–1649). The pamphlet in question is . It was founded to counter through its pages the news that was being published in , the foremost royalist publication. In its animadversion of ’s news, first repeated the royalist text, and then responded to it. In my study, I shall focus on instances where the not wholly faithful reporting of ’s text leads to (socio)pragmatic meanings. I have taken into consideration both the wider social context in which the pamphlet writers were writing as well as the immediate situational context – the pamphlet as a genre. In my analysis of ’s animadversion, I examine titles of courtesy and the omission and substitution of words.


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