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Early Modern English Dialogues
Spoken Interaction as Writing


Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107421158

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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, in this book 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.

    • Provides a description of the linguistic features in speech-related genres of writing, offering a glimpse of what early face-to-face spoken interaction might have been like
    • Presents the methodological techniques and theories which are integral to this type of linguistic research
    • Uses a unique set of data within its analysis, thereby covering an area of study not previously seen within the previous literature
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    'This new book by Culpeper and Kytö is an important and outstanding contribution to historical linguistics. It provides rich insights into the spoken language of the past, and these insights are based on solid empirical evidence. The authors demonstrate what can be achieved through the analysis of a carefully designed corpus even if it is relatively small … The book will inspire a lot of work in this area, both because of its exciting insights and because of the novel research tools that it introduces and exemplifies.' English Language and Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107421158
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Jonathan Culpeper, Lancaster University
    Jonathan Culpeper is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. His previous publications include History of English, 2nd 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, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
    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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