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LINGUIST List 20.3081

Sun Sep 13 2009

Books: Historical Ling/Pragmatics/Semantics/Discourse Analysis: Bromhead

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, The Reign of Truth and Faith: Bromhead

Message 1: The Reign of Truth and Faith: Bromhead
Date: 09-Sep-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The Reign of Truth and Faith: Bromhead
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Title: The Reign of Truth and Faith
Subtitle: Epistemic Expressions in 16th and 17th Century English
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 62
Published: 2009
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110205596-1

Author: Helen Bromhead
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216028 Pages: 319 Price: U.S. $ 123.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216028 Pages: 319 Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110205596 Pages: 319 Price: Europe EURO 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110205596 Pages: 319 Price: U.S. $ 123.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Abstract:

This is a ground-breaking study in the historical semantics and pragmatics
of English in the 16th and 17th centuries. It examines the meaning, use and
cultural underpinnings of confident- and certain-sounding epistemic
expressions, such as forsooth, by my troth and in faith, and first person
epistemic phrases, such as I suppose, I ween and I think.

The work supports the hypothesis that the British Enlightenment and its
attendant empiricism brought about a profound epistemic shift in the 'ways
of thinking' and 'ways of speaking' in the English speaking world. In
contrast to the modern ethos of empiricism and doubt, the 16th and 17th
centuries were dominated by an ethos of truth and faith, which manifests
itself in (among other ways) the meanings and usages of epistemic
expressions for certainty and confidence. The study is firmly based on
evidence from texts and collocations in the writings of the day.

The study is conducted using the framework of the Natural Semantic
Metalanguage (NSM), an approach to semantic explanation developed by Cliff
Goddard, Anna Wierzbicka and collaborators. This book can introduce this
approach to readers who are unfamiliar with it, as well as show how it can
open new horizons in historical semantics.

The primary audience for this book is scholars and graduate students in the
fields of linguistics and English studies, especially those interested in
historical semantics, pragmatics and discourse studies. Because of the
strongly cultural focus of the book and its drawing on non-linguistic
literature, it will be of interest to scholars and graduate students in the
fields of cultural history and the history of ideas, as well as in English
studies in a broader sense.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=43502


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