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'In short tyme it wil heale the sore'. A relevance perspective of promising in medical utilitarian texts of the earl y modern english period. Núm 5

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Lingüística
Idioma: Inglés
Colección: Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada
Formato: Archivo electrónico. PDF acceso libre
Tamaño: 17 x 24 Nº Páginas:152
Nº Edición: 1  /   13-02-2020
ISBN:  978-84-9048-857-7 Ref.: 6577

Resumen

Medical recipes written before the birth of modern scientific writing, at least as we know it today, are frequently characterised by the inclusion of expressions aimed at validating the efficacy of the remedies. These expressions have been traditionally considered as promises of efficacy. This research hypothesises that a closer examination of the context in which they are embedded may render interpretations that are different from promissory speech acts in the strictest sense. The corpus of study has been excerpted from the Corpus of Early English Recipesand it comprises medical recipes written in English between 1500 and 1600. The texts have been analysed using AntConc and the results have been manually checked afterwards. The detection of potential promises of efficacy has relied on Speech Act Theory and particularly on Searle¿s (1969) constitutive rules for promises. Relevance Theory (Sperber and Wilson 1995) has been used to account for the process of contextual enrichment the reader follows so as to derive the illocutionary force of efficacy statements. This work shows that not all efficacy statements are necessarily interpreted as promises in the Searlean sense. In fact, it has been observed that the occurrence of stance elements, i.e. epistemic and/or evidential devices, together with the authors¿ lexico-grammatical choices crucially shape their illocutionary force, normally by lowering the promissory value of the locutions.

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Quintana Toledo, Elena

Elena Quintana-Toledo completed her PhD in English Philology in 2013 at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English as a Foreign Language and Corpus Linguistics. She has also taught a number of courses and seminars in English for Specific Purposes at the Technical State University of Quevedo, Ecuador. She is a member of the research project IAMET (Identification and Analysis of Metadiscourse Strategies in English and Spanish, FFI2016-77941-P, Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness), currently underway at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Her research interests include the analysis of specialised English scientific texts from a pragmatically-oriented perspective, and she has been recently engaged in the study of the relationship between modality and evidentiality, and its pedagogical implications.