Speech Representation in the History of English: Topics and Approaches (Oxford Studies in the History of English) (Hardcover)

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Representing what someone else has said is an integral part of spoken and written communication. Speech representation occurs in many contexts from news reports and legal trials to everyday conversation. Although commonplace, it requires sophisticated choices regarding what to represent and how to represent it. These choices can highlight a speaker's voice, shape our perception of the reported speech, or support our claims of authority.While speech representation in Present-day English has been studied extensively, this book extends the discussion to historical periods.

Speech Representation in the History of English explores speech representation of the past, providing in-depth analyses of how speakers and writers mark, structure, and discuss a previous speech event or fictional speech. Focusing on the Early Modern English and the Late Modern English periods (1500-1900), this volume covers topics such as parentheses as markers of represented speech, the development of like as a reporting expression, the gradual formation of free indirect speech reporting, and the interpersonal functions of represented speech. Chapters draw on a wide range of methodologies, including historical sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and corpus linguistics, and cover many genres from witness depositions, literary texts, and letters, to the spoken language of the recent past.

In this comprehensive volume, Peter Grund and Terry Walker bring together a collection of works that use cutting-edge approaches to speech representation. Researchers and students of the history of English, sociolinguistics, and discourse studies alike will find Speech Representation in the History of English to be an invaluable addition to the field.

About the Author


Peter J. Grund is Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the co-author of Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England (2011), and co-editor of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt (2009). He serves as co-editor of Journal of English Linguistics. His research interests include stance, evidentiality, and speech representation in historical periods. Terry Walker is Professor of English Linguistics at Mid-Sweden University. Her interest in corpus linguistics, philology, and historical socio-pragmatics is reflected in her monograph Thou and You in Early Modern English Dialogues: Trials, Depositions and Drama Comedy (2007), as well as the co-authored books Guide to a Corpus of English Dialogues 1560-1760 (2006) and Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England (2011). Her current projects include work on speech representation in historical texts and on language variation and change in Early Modern English.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780190918064
ISBN-10: 0190918063
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Oxford Studies in the History of English