Investigations Into the Meta-communicative Lexicon of English: A Contribution to Historical Pragmatics

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Ulrich Busse, Axel Hübler
John Benjamins Publishing, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
The volume contributes to historical pragmatics an important chapter on what has so far not been paid adequate attention to, i.e. historical metapragmatics. More particularly, the collected papers apply a meta-communicative approach to historical texts by focusing on lexis that either directly or metaphorically identifies or characterizes entire forms of communication or single acts and act sequences or minor units. Within the context of their use, such lexical expressions, in fact, provide a key for disclosing historical forms of communication; taken out of context, they build the meta-communicative lexicon.
The articles follow three principal distinctions in that they investigate the meta-communicative profile of genres, meta-communicative lexical sets and meta-communicative ethics and ideologies. They cover a broad spectrum of text types that span the entire history of the English language from Anglo-Saxon chronicles to computer-mediated communication.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Metacommunicative profiles of communicative genres
17
11 Crosssectional studies
19
Sociability
21
I write you these few lines
45
12 Longitudinal studies
65
Inscribed orality and the end of a discourse archive
67
Managing disputes with civility
89
Part 2 Metacommunicative lexical sets
177
Now as a text deictic feature in Late Medievaland Early Modern English medical writing
179
Performative and nonperformative usesof speechact verbs in the history of English
207
Verbs of answering revisited
223
A lexical approach to paralinguisticcommunication of the past
247
Part 3 Metacommunicative ethics and ideologies
269
Historical evidence of communicative maxims
271
Name index
289

The metapragmatics of civilized belligerence
111
The metapragmatics of hoaxing
129
From speaker and hearer to chatter blogger and user
151

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