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Title: Interactive Dialogue Sequences in Middle English Drama
Written By: Gabriella Mazzon
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 185

This book looks at mediaeval English drama using the theoretical frameworks
of historical sociopragmatics and dialogue analysis. It focuses on the
collection of cycle plays known as the N.Town Plays,
preserved in a manuscript from the fifteenth century. The book examines
various linguistic markers that are important for the expression of social
relations and pragmatic stance: pronouns and terms of address, modal
markers, performatives, and sequential structures such as question-answer,
imperative-compliance, etc. These elements are examined separately and then
brought together to arrive at a more integrated analysis of dramatic
dialogue and of the dynamics of interaction it portrays. A separate chapter
is devoted to tracing the same mechanisms on a different communication
level, i.e. in 'dialogue' with the audience, which is particularly relevant
to the instructional purposes of the plays. The book will be useful to
students and scholars of pragmatics, historical linguistics,
dialogue studies and drama studies.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): English, Middle
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027254303
ISBN-13: 9789027254306
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289544
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00