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Journal Title: Journal of Historical Pragmatics
Volume/Issue:   14/1
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: 2013. iii, 159 pp.

Table of Contents

Articles

(Inter)subjectification in Makhuwa: From demonstrative to pragmatic particle
Jenneke van der Wal 1 – 44

1820 Settler petitions in the Cape Colony: Genre dynamics and materiality
Matylda Włodarczyk 45 – 69

On the conventionalisation and loss of pragmatic function of the passive in Late Modern English scientific discourse
Elena Seoane 70 – 99

Thou and you in Late Middle Scottish and Early Modern Northern English witness depositions
Magdalena Leitner 100 – 129

Reviews

Kristin Davidse, Lieven Vandelanotte and Hubert Cuyckens (eds.). Subjectification, Intersubjectification and Grammaticalization
Reviewed by Lucía Loureiro-Porto 131 – 137

Bernard Combettes, Céline Guillot, Evelyne Oppermann-Marsaux, Sophie Prévost and Amalia Rodríguez Somolinos (eds.). Le changement en français. Etudes de linguistique diachronique
Reviewed by Elisabeth Stark and Charlotte Meisner 138 – 145

Helen Bromhead. The Reign of Truth and Faith. Epistemic Expressions in 16th and 17th Century English
Reviewed by Arja Nurmi 146 – 149

Yuling Pan and Dániel Z. Kádár. Politeness in Historical and Contemporary Chinese
Reviewed by Cher Leng Lee 150 – 155

Jason Finch et al (eds.). Humane Readings: Essays on Literary Mediation and Communication in Honour of Roger D. Sell
Reviewed by Greta Olson 156 – 159
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Pragmatics
 
LL Issue: 24.1258