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Title: Questions and Answers in the English Courtroom (1640–1760)
Subtitle: A sociopragmatic analysis
Written By: Dawn Archer
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20135
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 135
Description:

This book belongs to the rapidly growing field of historical pragmatics.
More specifically, it aims to lend definition to the area of historical
sociopragmatics. It seeks to enhance our understanding of the language of
the historical courtroom by documenting changes to the discursive roles of
the most active participant groups of the English courtroom (e.g. the
judges, lawyers, witnesses and defendants) in the period 1640–1760.
Although the primary focus is on questions and answers, this book also
analyses the use of eliciting and non-eliciting devices (e.g. requests and
commands) as a means of demonstrating similarities and differences over
time. Particular strengths of this work include the study of different
types of trial, making the results potentially more representative of the
courtroom in general, and the innovative discourse analytic approach, which
blends corpus methodology and sociopragmatic analysis, thereby enabling the
quantitative analysis of functional phenomena.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116360
ISBN-13: 9781588116369
Pages: xiv, 374
Prices: U.S. $ 169
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253781
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 374
Prices: Europe EURO 125.00