Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past

Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past

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This volume presents a variety of pragmatic and discourse analytical approaches to a wide range of linguistic data and historical texts, including data from English, French, Irish, Latin, and Spanish. This diversity of research questions and methods is a feature of the field of historical pragmatics, which by its very nature has to take into account the multiplicity of historical contexts and the infinite variety of human interaction. This is highlighted in the book's introduction by means of the metaphor of "opening windows". Each chapter is a window affording a different view of the linguistic and textual landscape. Some of these windows were opened by historical linguists who have acquired discourse perspectives, some by pragmaticians with historical interests, and others by literary scholars drawing from linguistic pragmatics. Contributors include L. J. Brinton, A. H. Jucker, F. Salager-Meyer, I. Taavitsainen, B. Wehr, L. Wright, and sixteen more

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  • Hardback | 428 pages
  • 154.9 x 238.8 x 33mm | 839.16g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116263
  • 9781588116260

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgments; 2. A frame for windows: On studying texts and discourses of the past (by Peikola, Matti); 3. Discourse in the public sphere; 4. News discourse: Mass media communication from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century (by Jucker, Andreas H.); 5. Advertising discourse in eighteenth-century English newspapers (by Gotti, Maurizio); 6. Presidential inaugural addresses: A study in a genre development (by Kovalyova, Natalia); 7. Freedom of speech at stake: Fallacies in some political discourses in the Early Republic (by Rudanko, Juhani); 8. Text-initiating strategies in eighteenth-century newspaper headlines (by Studer, Patrick); 9. Science and academia; 10. Patterns of agentivity and narrativity in early science discourse (by Dorgeloh, Heidrun); 11. The economics academic lecture in the nineteenth century: Marshall's Lectures to Women (by Del Lungo Camiciotti, Gabriella); 12. Contesting authorities: John Wilkins' use of and attitude towards the Bible, the classics and contemporary science in The Discovery of a World in the Moone (1638) (by Oja, Marko); 13. Personal pronouns in argumentation: An early tobacco controversy (by Ratia, Maura); 14. Criticism under scrutiny: A diachronic and cross-cultural outlook on academic conflict (1810-1995) (by Salager-Meyer, Francoise); 15. The underlying pattern of the Renaissance botanical genrepinax (by Selosse, Philippe); 16. Genres and the appropriation of science: Loci communes in English in the late medieval and early modern period (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 17. Letters and litterature; 18. Chaucer's narrators and audiences: Self-deprecating discourse in Book of the Duchess and House of Fame (by Foster, Michael); 19. Discourse on a par with syntax, or the effects of the linguistic organisation of letters on the diachronic characterisation of the text type (by Perez-Guerra, Javier); 20. Verba sic spernit mea: The usage of rupture of coherence in Seneca's tragedies (by Speyer, Augustin); 21. Discourse and pragmatics; 22. 'Ther been thinges thre, the whiche thynges troublen al this erthe': The discourse-pragmatics of 'demonstrative which' (by Bergs, Alexander); 23. Processes underlying the development of pragmatic markers: The case of (I) say (by Brinton, Laurel J.); 24. From certainty to doubt: The evolution of the discourse marker voire in French (by Rodriguez Somolinos, Amalia); 25. Politeness as a distancing device in the passive and in indefinite pronouns (by Toyota, Jun-ichi); 26. Language contact and discourse; 27. Discourse features of code-switching in legal reports in late medieval England (by Davidson, Mary Catherine); 28. Focusing strategies in Old French and Old Irish (by Wehr, Barbara); 29. Medieval mixed-language business discourse and the rise of Standard English (by Wright, Laura); 30. Author Index; 31. Subject Indexshow more