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  • English Historical Pragmaticsby Irma Taavitsainen

    Edinburgh University Press 2013; Not Available

    Providing an ideal introduction to historical pragmatics, this guide gives students a solid grounding in historical pragmatics and teaches the methodology needed to analyse language in social, cultural and historical contexts. Using a number of case studies including politeness, news discourse, and scientific discourse, this book provides new insights... more...

  • Methods in Historical Pragmaticsby Susan M. Fitzmaurice; Irma Taavitsainen

    De Gruyter 2007; US$ 224.00

    The studies in this collection represent the critical convergence of different traditions of reading and analyzing discourse. They expose key questions about the methods and the outcomes of historical pragmatic approaches to the study of the history of the English language. The volume will interest scholars in English historical linguistics, literary... more...

  • Historical Pragmaticsby Andreas H. Jucker; Irma Taavitsainen

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 321.00

    The Handbook of Historical Pragmatics provides an authoritative and accessible overview of this versatile new field in pragmatics devoted to a diachronic study of language use and human interaction in context. It covers all areas of historical pragmatics from grammaticalization theory to pragmatic entities, such as discourse markers, speech acts and... more...

  • Diachronic Perspectives on Address Term Systemsby Irma Taavitsainen; Andreas H. Jucker

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 195.00

    Address term systems and their diachronic developments are discussed in a wide range of European languages in this volume. Most chapters focus on pronominal systems, and in particular on the criteria that govern the choices between a more intimate and a more distant or polite pronoun, as for instance thou and you in Early Modern English, vos ... more...

  • Speech Acts in the History of Englishby Andreas H. Jucker; Irma Taavitsainen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Did earlier speakers of English use the same speech acts that we use today? Did they use them in the same way? How did they signal speech act values and how did they negotiate them in case of uncertainty? These are some of the questions that are addressed in this volume in innovative case studies that cover a wide range of speech acts from Old English... more...

  • Medical Writing in Early Modern Englishby Irma Taavitsainen; Päivi Pahta

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 31.00

    A new view on the evolution of the language of medicine based on a large electronic corpus of medical texts. more...

  • Writing in Nonstandard Englishby Irma Taavitsainen; Gunnel Melchers; Päivi Pahta

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 188.00

    This book investigates linguistic variation as a complex continuum of language use from standard to nonstandard. In our view, these notions can only be established through mutual definition, and they cannot exist without the opposite pole. What is considered standard English changes according to the approach at hand, and the nonstandard changes accordingly.... more...

  • The Dynamics of Linguistic Variationby Terttu Nevalainen; Irma Taavitsainen; Päivi Pahta; Minna Korhonen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Variability is characteristic of any living language. This volume approaches the ?life cycle? of linguistic variability in English using data sources that range from electronic corpora to the internet. In the spirit of the 1968 Weinreich, Labov and Herzog classic, the fifteen contributions divide into three sections, each highlighting different stages... more...

  • Diachronic Corpus Pragmaticsby Irma Taavitsainen; Andreas H. Jucker; Jukka Tuominen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 143.00

    Based on a corpus of Old Spanish texts, the discourse traditions of counselling are analysed within the framework of diachronic corpus pragmatics and dialogue analysis. On a methodological level, the study distinguishes three types of pragmatics and offers a clear-cut distinction between language change and cultural changes in the realm of discourse... more...

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