Speech Acts in the History of English

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Andreas H. Jucker, Irma Taavitsainen
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - 318 Seiten
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Did earlier speakers of English use the same speech acts that we use today? Did they use them in the same way? How did they signal speech act values and how did they negotiate them in case of uncertainty? These are some of the questions that are addressed in this volume in innovative case studies that cover a wide range of speech acts from Old English to Present-day English. All the studies offer careful discussions of methodological and theoretical issues as well as detailed descriptions of specific speech acts. The first part of the volume is devoted to directives and commissives, i.e. speech acts such as requests, commands and promises. The second part is devoted to expressives and assertives and deals with speech acts such as greetings, compliments and apologies. The third part, finally, contains technical reports that deal primarily with the problem of extracting speech acts from historical corpora.
  

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Inhalt

Preface
1
Directives and commissives
14
Beyond politeness?
27
Requests and directness in Early Modern English trial proceedings
45
An inventory of directives in Shakespeares King Lear
85
Aspects of the realisation
115
Various ways of making binding promises
133
Greetings in English language history
165
Compliments and gender
195
Routinized and lexicalized expressions
229
Identifying and retrieving explicit illocutionary
247
Precision and recall in corpuslinguistic
273
Towards a methodology of
295
Name index
311
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Irma Taavitsainen is Professor of English Philology at the University of Helsinki, and deputy director of the Research Unit of Variation and Change, University of Helsinki.

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