Session Title

Pragmatics and Proverbs of the Medieval North: Understanding Speech Acts in Medieval Literature

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Alexander Ames

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of South Carolina-Columbia

Presider Name

Eric Bryan

Presider Affiliation

Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology

Paper Title 1

Trollish Pragmatics in the Hrafnistumannasögur

Presenter 1 Name

Michael S. Nagy

Presenter 1 Affiliation

South Dakota State Univ.

Paper Title 2

Hwæt as Discourse Marker in Old English Literature

Presenter 2 Name

Toby R. Beeny

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Indian River State College

Paper Title 3

Instances of Cooperation in the Alliterative English Debate Tradition

Presenter 3 Name

Alexander Ames

Start Date

11-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Valley 2 Harvey 204

Description

This burgeoning trend in Medieval Studies of the linguistic study of pragmatic meaning seeks to understand utterances within works of Old Norse, Old English, Middle English, and other medieval literatures should accrue momentum with the forthcoming publication, by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, of Pragmatics and Proverbs of the Medieval North: Essays on Medieval Literary Speech Acts, followed by the subheading Inspired by the Works of Thomas A. Shippey (Eds. Eric Shane Bryan and Alexander Vaughan Ames). That volume not only honors Professor Shippey’s groundbreaking work in this field but expands its reach to provide a platform for its expansion through examinations of a greater range of texts and contexts. The proposed session of papers, therefore, seeks to build on the work of that volume to promote and further nuance the application of pragmatic linguistic methodologies to medieval literary and/or historical texts, with priority to be given to those papers employing pragmatics to better understand those verbal conflicts and sententious statements on which such texts rely for their rich range of meanings.

Alexander Ames

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May 11th, 1:30 PM

Pragmatics and Proverbs of the Medieval North: Understanding Speech Acts in Medieval Literature

Valley 2 Harvey 204

This burgeoning trend in Medieval Studies of the linguistic study of pragmatic meaning seeks to understand utterances within works of Old Norse, Old English, Middle English, and other medieval literatures should accrue momentum with the forthcoming publication, by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, of Pragmatics and Proverbs of the Medieval North: Essays on Medieval Literary Speech Acts, followed by the subheading Inspired by the Works of Thomas A. Shippey (Eds. Eric Shane Bryan and Alexander Vaughan Ames). That volume not only honors Professor Shippey’s groundbreaking work in this field but expands its reach to provide a platform for its expansion through examinations of a greater range of texts and contexts. The proposed session of papers, therefore, seeks to build on the work of that volume to promote and further nuance the application of pragmatic linguistic methodologies to medieval literary and/or historical texts, with priority to be given to those papers employing pragmatics to better understand those verbal conflicts and sententious statements on which such texts rely for their rich range of meanings.

Alexander Ames