Investigations Into the Meta-communicative Lexicon of English: A Contribution to Historical Pragmatics
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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Part I Metacommunicative profiles of communicative genres
11 Crosssectional studies
I write you these few lines
12 Longitudinal studies
Inscribed orality and the end of a discourse archive
Managing disputes with civility
Part 2 Metacommunicative lexical sets
Now as a text deictic feature in Late Medievaland Early Modern English medical writing
Performative and nonperformative usesof speechact verbs in the history of English
Verbs of answering revisited
A lexical approach to paralinguisticcommunication of the past
Part 3 Metacommunicative ethics and ideologies
Historical evidence of communicative maxims
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