Diachronic Pragmatics: Seven Case Studies in English Illocutionary Development
The purpose of Diachronic Pragmatics is to exemplify historical pragmatics in its twofold sense of constituting both a subject matter and a methodology. This book demonstrates how diachronic pragmatics, with its complementary diachronic function-to-form mapping and diachronic form-to-function mapping, can be used to trace pragmatic developments within the English language. Through a set of case studies it explores the evolution of such speech acts as promises, curses, blessings, and greetings and such speech events as flyting and sounding. Collectively these illocutionary biographies manifest the workings of several important pragmatic processes and trends: increased epistemicity, subjectification, and discursization (a special kind of pragmaticalization). It also establishes the centrality of cultural traditions in diachronic reconstruction, examining various de-institutionalizations of extra-linguistic context and their affect on speech act performance. Taken together, the case studies presented in Diachronic Pragmatics highlight the complex interactions of formal, semantic, and pragmatic processes over time. Illustrating the possibilities of historical pragmatic pursuit, this book stands as an invitation to further research in a new and important discipline.
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A Methodological Introduction
Chapter 2 Flyting and Sounding the Agonistic Insult
Chapter 3 Rationalist Prescriptions for Shall and Will
Chapter 4 The Expanding Discourse of the English Promise
Chapter 5 Subjectification in the Common Curse
The Pragmatic Reanalysis of the Close
Discursization in the Polite Bless You
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African-American agonistic insult Al Bundy Amsterdam/Philadelphia analysis Anglo-Saxon argue auxiliaries Battle of Maldon belief Beowulf blessing-greeting boast Breca century chapter closing common cursing context conversational routine corpus cultural curse locutions Danet and Bogoch de-institutionalization deontic diachronic pragmatics discourse Early Modern English Edwards and Sienkewicz English cursing epistemic example expressive cursing flyting and sounding formal formula function future genre God’s Good-bye grammatical greeting hearer historical linguistics historical pragmatics illocution illocutionary act illocutionary force individual intention interdisciplinarity interdisciplinary Jacobs and Jucker Judeo-Christian Kochman Labov language larger lexical magic meaning medieval Middle English motivation Old English performance perspective politeness practice pragmatic change pragmatic strengthening pragmaticalization prediction Present-Day English promise promissory proposition religion religious represents secularization semantic change Shakespeare’s sneeze blessing social speaker speech act speech events structure subjectification swearing Swift syntactic tion tradition Traugott Unferth usage utterance verbal duel volition Wallis Rules Westermann wish words