Early Modern English Dialogues: Spoken Interaction as Writing

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521835411
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Culpeper is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. His previous publications include History of English (second edition) (2005) and Language and Characterisation: People in Plays and Other Texts (2001). He was also co-editor for Cognitive Stylistics: Language and Cognition in Text Analysis (2002) and Exploring the Language of Drama: From Text to Context (1998).

Merja Kytö is Professor of English Language at Uppsala University. She was the co-editor for Nineteenth-Century English: Stability and Change (2006) and A Reader in Early Modern English (1998) and is co-editor of the ICAME Journal and Studia Neophilologica. She has also participated in the compilation of historical corpora including the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts.

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Table of Contents

List of plates

List of figures

List of tables

1 Introduction 1

2 Dialogic genres and their contexts 21

3 The multiple contexts and multiple discourses of dialogic genres 61

4 The structures of spoken face-to-face interaction and writing 88

5 Lexical bundles 103

6 Lexical repetitions 142

7 Cohesion: the case of and 158

8 Grammatical variation 184

9 An introduction to pragmatic noise 199

10 Pragmatic noise: a survey of functions and contexts in Early Modern English Comedy plays 224

11 Pragmatic noise: variation and change in the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560-1760 260

12 Pragmatic noise: meanings and their development 284

13 Social variation in interaction: representing identities 306

14 The distribution of talk: social roles in Trial proceedings and Play-texts 326

15 Pragmatic markers 361

16 Summary and concluding remarks 398

Appendix I 406

Appendix II 412

References 434

Author index 462

Subject index 467

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