Historical Pragmatics: Pragmatic Developments in the History of English

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Andreas H. Jucker
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 623 pages
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Until very recently, pragmatics has been restricted to the analysis of contemporary spoken language while historical linguistics has studied historical texts and language change in a decontextualized way. This has now radically changed and scholars from around the world are trying to build a new theoretical framework that integrates recent advances both in pragmatics and in historical linguistics. The volume, which contains 22 original articles, starts with an introduction that is both a state-of-the-art account of historical pragmatics and a programmatic statement of its future potential and its different subfields. Part I contains seven pragmaphilological papers that deal with historical texts and their interpretations by paying close attention to the communicative context of these texts. The second and third parts comprise papers in diachronic pragmatics. The ten papers of part II take a linguistic form as their starting point, e.g. particular lexical items or syntactic constructions, and study their pragmatic functions at different times (diachronic form-to-function mappings), while the four papers of part III take a particular pragmatic function as their starting point, e.g. discourse strategies or politeness, and study their linguistic realisation at different times (diachronic function-to-form mappings).
 

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This article provided me with a comprehensive information about how punctuation entered English language and how it played a role in different types of literary texts. Additionally, the chapter on punctuation mentions that the pragmatic of punctuation stems from either 'elocutionary', or 'syntactical' reasons. 

Contents

The Historical Perspective in Pragmatics
3
Pragmaphilology
35
The Openness of Medieval Texts
37
They Had Their Points Punctuation and Interpretation in English Renaissance Literature
55
And Pragmatics
65
A Close Reading of William Caxtons Dialogues to lerne Shortly frenssh and englyssh
99
Wills and WillMaking in 16th and 17th Century England Some Pragmatic Aspects
125
Justifying Grammars A SocioPragmatic Foray into the Discourse Community of Early English Grammarians
145
Demonstratives in Early Modern English Letters
329
The Ambiguous AdverbialConjunctions pa and ponnein Middle English A DiscoursePragmatic Study of then and when in Early English Saints Lives
345
Middle English şo and other Narrative Discourse Markers
359
Diachronic Analysis of Japanese Discourse Markers
393
Interjections in Early Modern English From Imitation of Spoken to Conventions of Written Language
439
Diachronic functiontoform mappings
467
Topics in the History of Dialogue Forms
469
Then I saw to antique heddes Discourse Strategies in Early Modern English Travelogues
499

Communicative Clues in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
187
Diachronic formtofunction mapping
195
Pragmatic Maxims in Explanations of Language Change?
197
Pragmatic Constraints to Word Order and WordOrder Change in English
217
The Semantic and Pragmatic Development of Substitutive Complex Prepositions in English
243
On Doing as You Please
275
Your Average Generalisations A CaseStudy in Historical Pragmatics
309
Linguistic Politeness Strategies in Shakespeares Plays
515
Constraints on Politeness The Pragmatics of Address Formulae in Early English Correspondence
541
Index of Names and Sources
603
Index of Subjects
617
The series PRAGMATICS AND BEYOND NEW SERIES
624
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