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A question of time? Question types and speech act shifts from a historical-contrastive perspective
(John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2003)
Our paper on question types and speech act shifts has a twofold aim. Firstly, we want to combine the perspective of contrastive pragmatics with a historical dimension in order to analyse the speech act of asking a question and speech act shifts from a cross-linguistic historical perspective. The premise is that speech acts change and that speech acts described in texts are therefore understood differently at different times. Secondly, in order to document illocutionary changes and shifts we make use of translation ...