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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The sociopragmatics of a lovers spat
Altering distance and defining authority
Variation and change in patterns of selfreference in early English correspondence
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Jonathan Culpeper is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.

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