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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Historical Sociopragmatics
Edited By: Jonathan Culpeper
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 31

Originally published as a special issue of Journal of Historical
10:2 (2009), this is the first book to map out historical
sociopragmatics, a multidisciplinary field located within historical pragmatics,
but overlapping with socially-oriented fields, such as sociolinguistics and
critical discourse analysis. Historical sociopragmatics has a central focus on
historical language use in its situational contexts, and how those situational
contexts engender norms which speakers engage or exploit for pragmatic
purposes. The chapters represent a range of ways in which historical
sociopragmatics can be understood and investigated. The reader will find
English texts from the 15th century through to the 18th, a variety of genres
(including personal correspondence, trial proceedings and plays), and both
qualitative and (corpus-based) quantitative analyses. Importantly, attention is
given to how contexts can be (re)constructed from written records, a sine
non of the field. It will appeal to advanced-level students and
scholars with interests in pragmatics, especially socially-oriented pragmatics,
and/or historical linguistics, especially the history of English.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027286604
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027202505
Prices: U.K. £ 80.00
Europe EURO 84.80
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