Historical Sociopragmatics

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Jonathan Culpeper
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 135 pages
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Originally published as a special issue of "Journal of Historical Pragmatics" 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 "sine qua" "non "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.
 

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Contents

Historical sociopragmatics
1
Structures and expectations
9
The sociopragmatics of a lovers spat
37
Altering distance and defining authority
61
Variation and change in patterns of selfreference in early English correspondence
83
Identifying key sociophilological usage in plays and trial proceedings 16401760
109
Index
133
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Jonathan Culpeper is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.

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