Journal of Historical Pragmatics

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ORCID logoDaniela Landert | Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg | daniela.landert at
Consulting Editor
ORCID logoDawn Archer | Manchester Metropolitan University
Review Editor
ORCID logoKim Ridealgh | University of East Anglia
Founding Editors
ORCID logoAndreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
The Journal of Historical Pragmatics provides an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical, empirical and methodological work at the intersection of pragmatics and historical linguistics. The editorial focus is on socio-historical and pragmatic aspects of historical texts in their sociocultural context of communication (e.g. conversational principles, politeness strategies, or speech acts) and on diachronic pragmatics as seen in linguistic processes such as grammaticalization or discoursization.

Contributions draw on data from literary or non-literary sources and from any language. In addition to contributions with a strictly pragmatic or discourse analytical perspective, it also includes contributions with a more sociolinguistic or semantic approach. However, the focus of the articles is always on the communicative use of language.

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics contains original articles, research reports and book reviews. Occasionally focus-on issues are published on specific topics within the editorial scope of the journal.

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics invites relevant contributions. Authors are advised to consult the Guidelines. Abstracts of contributions may be sent to both editors, preferably via email.

The Journal of Historical Pragmatics publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 1566-5852 | E-ISSN: 1569-9854
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Latest articles

16 April 2024

  • Negotiating converso identities in the inquisition courtroom : Impoliteness and self-politeness in the 1568–1569 trial of Catarina de Orta
    Javier E. Díaz-Vera
  • 29 February 2024

  • Chinese “face”-related expressions in Peking and Teochew Opera scripts : A historical contrastive pragmatic inquiry
    Jiejun Chen , Juliane House Dániel Z. Kádár
  • 29 January 2024

  • Formulaic language in Old English prose : A corpus-driven functional analysis
    Anna Cichosz , Łukasz Grabowski Piotr Pęzik
  • Politeness, speech acts and socio-cultural change : The expression of gratitude in the history of English
    Alexander Haselow
  • 23 November 2023

  • “Ih gebiude dir, wurm!” : Directives in Old Saxon and Old High German
    Valentina Concu | JHP 25:1 (2024) pp. 137–175
  • 20 October 2023

  • The pragmatics of royal discourse in William Shakespeare’s Henry vi
    Urszula Kizelbach | JHP 25:1 (2024) pp. 1–32
  • 11 September 2023

  • Repeated, imagined, hearsay : Representation of reported discourse in eighteenth-century legal testimony
    Jenelle Thomas | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 302–326
  • The pragmatic and rhetorical function of perfect doubling in the work of D. V. Coornhert
    Cora van de Poppe Joanna Wall | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 245–275
  • 7 September 2023

  • Modal may in requests : A comparison of regional pragmatic variation in Early Modern Scottish and English correspondence
    Christine Elsweiler
  • 5 September 2023

  • The rise of what-general extenders in English
    Laurel J. Brinton | JHP 25:1 (2024) pp. 104–136
  • Disenchantment of the word in sixteenth-century Dutch farce
    Femke Kramer | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 276–301
  • The history of second-person pronouns in European Portuguese
    Víctor Lara Bermejo | JHP 25:1 (2024) p. 67
  • Story, style, and structure : The second person in early Uruguayan children’s literature
    María Irene Moyna Teresa Blumenthal | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 217–244
  • 25 April 2023

  • Winnie Chor . 2018. Directional Particles in Cantonese: Form, Function, and Grammaticalization
    Reviewed by Dániel Z. Kádár | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 332–337
  • 30 March 2023

  • Ritual and modern “politeness” in the Romanian Principalities during the Phanariot period
    Mihaela-Viorica Constantinescu | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 124–142
  • 16 March 2023

  • Introduction : Politeness in and across Historical Europe
    Dániel Z. Kádár , Gudrun Held Annick Paternoster | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 1–15
  • 14 March 2023

  • The codification of nineteenth-century etiquette : On politeness, morality, rituals and discernment
    Annick Paternoster | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 160–178
  • 10 March 2023

  • Facetus and the birth of “European” politeness
    Luis Unceta Gómez | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 32–48
  • 9 March 2023

  • Historical language use in Europe from a contrastive pragmatic perspective : An exploratory case study of letter closings
    Juliane House , Dániel Z. Kádár , Fengguang Liu Wenrui Shi | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 143–159
  • 8 March 2023

  • Historical changes in politeness norms : Are Finnish and French conceptions of politeness moving closer to each other?
    Johanna Isosävi | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 198–216
  • 7 March 2023

  • Cicero’s De Officiis, politeness and modern conduct manuals
    Jon Hall | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 16–31
  • A culture of “pleasing”? Conceptual observations on the development of European “politeness” behaviour between aesthetics and ethics
    Gudrun Held | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 49–67
  • 6 March 2023

  • The informalisation of address practice in Swedish in a historical perspective
    Maria Fremer | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 179–197
  • German and Romance civility in contact : Retracing Early Modern European dynamics of polite address through historical foreign language manuals
    Linda Gennies | JHP 24:1 (2023) p. 86
  • 28 February 2023

  • A European model of polite conversation? Della Casa, Gioia and Knigge
    Giovanna Alfonzetti | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 105–123
  • 23 February 2023

  • Diplomatic letters from the Republic of Ragusa in the fifteenth century : (Im)politeness strategies in diplomatic epistolary discourse
    Ana Lalić | JHP 24:1 (2023) pp. 68–85
  • 20 February 2023

  • Mareike L. Keller . 2020. Code-Switching: Unifying Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
    Reviewed by Hamzeh Moradi Ruijuan Ye | JHP 24:2 (2023) pp. 327–331
  • 31 January 2023

  • Coherence in translation : A domains-of-use approach to subjectivity and causality in Bible translations
    José Sanders Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 204–244
  • 20 January 2023

  • Maria Napoli Miriam Ravetto (eds). 2017. Exploring Intensification: Synchronic, Diachronic and Cross-linguistic Perspectives
    Reviewed by Zeltia Blanco-Suárez | JHP 23:2 (2022) pp. 353–362
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    Matthew P. Davies | University of Central Lancashire
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    ORCID logoCynthia L. Allen | Australian National University, Canberra
    ORCID logoDawn Archer | Manchester Metropolitan University
    Leslie K. Arnovick | University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Marcel Bax | University of Groningen
    ORCID logoMarcella Bertuccelli Papi | University of Pisa
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    Gerd Fritz | Justus-Liebig University, Giessen
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    ORCID logoTerttu Nevalainen | University of Helsinki
    Noriko O. Onodera | Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
    Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University
    ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
    ORCID logoElizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University
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    Main BIC Subject

    CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative