Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past

Janne Skaffari | University of Turku
ORCID logoMatti Peikola | University of Turku
Ruth Carroll | University of Turku
Risto Hiltunen | University of Turku
ORCID logoBrita Wårvik | Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027253774 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588116260 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027294586 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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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 others.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 134] 2005.  x, 418 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This collection simultaneously covers a diverse range of topics and issues related to contemporary discourse studies, including media, political rhetoric, argumentative, and expository literary discourse, pragmatics, language switching, business writing, etc. The volume, as such, provides a valuable groundwork for scholars with interests not only in diachronic perspectives on discourse, but for those who are interested in the social changes from a multidisciplinary point of view, genre theory, social sciences, etc. This volume provides subtle and revealing explorations of various issues related to historical discourses and at the same time it poses questions and provides answers that will impact on future thinking about pragmatics, and discourse and society in general and about historical discourse linguistics.”
“[...] the extension and consistency of the articles in this volume is rich and presents a variety of papers on very different issues, at the same time autonomous and worth a further insight on the one side, interdependent and contributing to reinforce the dynamic framework of historical pragmatics on the other.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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