Historical Pragmatics

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Winter Semester 2021/22

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154158 Historical Pragmatics 2 HS Do 14:15 – 15:45 R. 3.208 Neumaier
Course Description

Historical pragmatics is the study of language in use in historical contexts. It is a comparatively recent but already well-established field of research, which draws not only on insights from pragmatics and historical linguistics but also other related areas, such as sociolinguistics or discourse analysis. This course is designed to give you an overview of the field and to provide you with the methodological tools and theoretical insights needed to investigate language use in former periods, in socio-cultural contexts which might be quite different from our own. We will address topics such as speech acts, discourse markers, (im)politeness, or language change, and deal with various text types and genres (e.g. newspapers, medical discourse, and literary texts). Please note that this course includes participation and presentation of coursework in a student conference together with participants of the seminar ‘Speech Acts through Time and Space” at Bayreuth University. This conference is fully digital and will take place in early February. More specific course requirements will be discussed in our first session


Introductory reading:

  • Jucker, Andreas H. & Irma Taavitsainen. 2013. English Historical Pragmatics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP.

Background reading:

  • Fitzmaurice, Susan M. ed. 2007. Methods in Historical Pragmatics. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.
  • Jucker, Andreas H. & Irma Taavitsainen, eds. 2010. Historical Pragmatics. (Handbooks of Pragmatics 8). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter
2009 603, 703, 704 603, 802 603, 802 703
2016 603, 703, 704 603, 802, 803 603, 802, 803 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
PO ab WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 7bc
  • Komp: 4a
PO ab WS 21/22:
  • Kern: 7bc
  • Komp: 4a
1ab, 3bc, 4a