By Leslie K. Arnovick

ISBN-10: 1556199465

ISBN-13: 9781556199462

ISBN-10: 9027299021

ISBN-13: 9789027299024

The aim of Diachronic Pragmatics is to exemplify old pragmatics in its twofold experience of constituting either a subject and a strategy. This e-book demonstrates how diachronic pragmatics, with its complementary diachronic function-to-form mapping and diachronic form-to-function mapping, can be utilized to track pragmatic advancements in the English language. via a suite of case reports it explores the evolution of such speech acts as provides, curses, advantages, and greetings and such speech occasions as flyting and sounding. jointly those “illocutionary biographies” appear the workings of numerous very important pragmatic strategies and tendencies: elevated epistemicity, subjectification, and discursization (a distinctive form of pragmaticalization). It additionally establishes the centrality of cultural traditions in diachronic reconstruction, interpreting a variety of de-institutionalizations of extra-linguistic context and their impact on speech act functionality. Taken jointly, the case stories offered in Diachronic Pragmatics spotlight the complicated interactions of formal, semantic, and pragmatic methods over the years. Illustrating the probabilities of ancient pragmatic pursuit, this ebook stands as a call for participation to additional study in a brand new and significant self-discipline.

Show description

Read Online or Download Diachronic Pragmatics: Seven Case Studies in English Illocutionary Development PDF

Best grammar books

Grammar for Teachers: A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native Speakers

The aim of Grammar for academics is to inspire readers to improve an outstanding realizing of the use and serve as of grammatical buildings in American English. It ways grammar from a descriptive instead of a prescriptive process; although, all through Grammar for lecturers ameliorations among formal and casual language, and spoken and written English are mentioned.

Mapping spatial PPS : the cartography of syntactic structures

Mapping Spatial PPs makes a speciality of a specific element of the inner syntax of prepositional words that has been rather missed in earlier reports: the fine-grained articulation in their constitution. With contributions from best students within the box, this quantity investigates such elements as course, place, axial half, deictic middle, absolute (ambiental) and relative view element, utilizing facts from Romance, Germanic, and African languages, with references to different language households.

Grammaticalization at Work: Studies of Long-term Developments in English

The way forward for English linguistics as envisaged via the editors of themes in English Linguistics lies in empirical stories which combine paintings in English linguistics into common and theoretical linguistics at the one hand, and comparative linguistics at the different. The TiEL sequence positive aspects volumes that current fascinating new information and analyses, and specifically clean ways that give a contribution to the general target of the sequence, that's to extra amazing learn in English linguistics.

Extra resources for Diachronic Pragmatics: Seven Case Studies in English Illocutionary Development

Example text

Lord 1960 and Parry 1971). It has been argued, though, that the literary representation of speech retains the essential orality of that speech: dialogue, in essence, provides direct access to orality in a written text (Martin 1989:10). Insofar as the Old English and the African-American vernacular English oral events are spoken and are represented as speech, both contain spoken discourse and can be compared on that basis. The pragmatic study of speech events opens a window on orality regardless of its presentation.

Like sounding, flyting is essentially a dialogic event composed of separate speech acts performed by two adversaries. Statement is followed by counterstatement until the last response terminates the duel. Onlookers to flyting participate as audience, although listeners tend not to replace performers the way they might in sounding. We can begin to analyze this dialogue by concentrating on the individual speeches that are made. A standard flyting sequence observes the form: claim, defense, and counterclaim (Clover 1980: 452).

Personal, individualized statements work best as insults, but they also have the greatest potential to incite violence. Ritualized or formulaic insults are the more customary weapon in the sounding game. The propositional content of ritualized insults differs from that of personalized insults. To satisfy the formula for the former, typically, Accusations are made about the opponent’s committing incest with his sister or mother, passive homosexuality is inferred, cowardice is suggested, taboos related to cleanliness are said to have been broken, and personal defects such as inferiority, stupidity, or crossed eyes are played upon (Foster 1986:216).

Download PDF sample

Diachronic Pragmatics: Seven Case Studies in English Illocutionary Development by Leslie K. Arnovick


by Michael
4.2

Rated 4.67 of 5 – based on 12 votes