Early Modern English Dialogues: Spoken Interaction as Writing

Early Modern English Dialogues: Spoken Interaction as Writing

by Jonathan Culpeper, Merja Kyto
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521835410

ISBN-13: 9780521835411

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language is largely comprised of face-to-face spoken interaction; however, the method, description and theory of traditional historical accounts of English have been largely based on scholarly and literary writings. Using the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, Culpeper and Kytö offer a unique account of the linguistic features in several

Overview

Language is largely comprised of face-to-face spoken interaction; however, the method, description and theory of traditional historical accounts of English have been largely based on scholarly and literary writings. Using the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, Culpeper and Kytö offer a unique account of the linguistic features in several speech-related written genres, comprising trial proceedings, witness depositions, plays, fiction and didactic works. The volume is the first to provide innovative analyses of several neglected written genres, demonstrating how they might be researched, and highlighting the theories which are needed to underpin this research. Through this, the authors are able to create a fascinating insight into what spoken interaction in Early Modern English might have been like, providing an alternative perspective to that often presented in traditional historical accounts of English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521835411
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of figures; List of tables; 1. Introduction; 2. Dialogic genres and their contexts; 3. The multiple contexts and multiple discourses of dialogic genres; 4. The structures of spoken face-to-face interaction and writing; 5. Lexical bundles; 6. Lexical repetitions; 7. Cohesion: the case of AND; 8. Grammatical variation; 9. An introduction to pragmatic noise; 10. Pragmatic noise: a survey of functions and contexts in Early Modern English comedy plays; 11. Pragmatic noise: variation and change in the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760; 12. Pragmatic noise: meanings and their development; 13. Social variation in interaction: representing identities; 14. The distribution of talk: social roles in trial proceedings and play-texts; 15. Pragmatic markers; 16. Summary and concluding remarks; Appendix I; Appendix II; Indexes.

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