Historicity in metapragmatics – A study on ‘discernment’ in Italian metadiscourse

Dániel Z. Kádár, Annick Paternoster

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The present paper contributes to metapragmatics, by examining the question of how historicity influences the validity of certain modern metaterms that are accepted as ‘neutral’ and ‘scientific’ in pragmatics. We argue that it is fundamental to explore the history and development of such metaterms, and also to study their historically situated meanings, in order to increase the self-reflexivity and rigour of analyses. We analyse the notion of ‘discernment’ as a case study, and we will show that the way in which the Italian equivalent of this term (discernere) – which supposedly influenced historical English understandings of ‘discernment’ as well – is used in historical Italian metadiscourses contradicts the modern application of this metaterm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-391
Number of pages23
JournalPragmatics
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Fingerprint

reflexivity
pragmatics
history
Historicity
Metapragmatics
Metadiscourse
Discernment
Self-reflexivity
Fundamental
History

Cite this

Kádár, Dániel Z. ; Paternoster, Annick. / Historicity in metapragmatics – A study on ‘discernment’ in Italian metadiscourse. In: Pragmatics. 2015 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 369-391.
@article{1da1b4338c43418cbe2c8168a04b58c2,
title = "Historicity in metapragmatics – A study on ‘discernment’ in Italian metadiscourse",
abstract = "The present paper contributes to metapragmatics, by examining the question of how historicity influences the validity of certain modern metaterms that are accepted as ‘neutral’ and ‘scientific’ in pragmatics. We argue that it is fundamental to explore the history and development of such metaterms, and also to study their historically situated meanings, in order to increase the self-reflexivity and rigour of analyses. We analyse the notion of ‘discernment’ as a case study, and we will show that the way in which the Italian equivalent of this term (discernere) – which supposedly influenced historical English understandings of ‘discernment’ as well – is used in historical Italian metadiscourses contradicts the modern application of this metaterm.",
keywords = "Historicity, Italian, Metapragmatics, Self-reflexivity, ‘Discernment’",
author = "K{\'a}d{\'a}r, {D{\'a}niel Z.} and Annick Paternoster",
year = "2015",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1075/prag.25.3.03kad",
language = "English",
volume = "25",
pages = "369--391",
journal = "Pragmatics",
issn = "1018-2101",
publisher = "International Pragmatics Association",
number = "3",

}

Historicity in metapragmatics – A study on ‘discernment’ in Italian metadiscourse. / Kádár, Dániel Z.; Paternoster, Annick.

In: Pragmatics, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 369-391.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Historicity in metapragmatics – A study on ‘discernment’ in Italian metadiscourse

AU - Kádár, Dániel Z.

AU - Paternoster, Annick

PY - 2015/9/1

Y1 - 2015/9/1

N2 - The present paper contributes to metapragmatics, by examining the question of how historicity influences the validity of certain modern metaterms that are accepted as ‘neutral’ and ‘scientific’ in pragmatics. We argue that it is fundamental to explore the history and development of such metaterms, and also to study their historically situated meanings, in order to increase the self-reflexivity and rigour of analyses. We analyse the notion of ‘discernment’ as a case study, and we will show that the way in which the Italian equivalent of this term (discernere) – which supposedly influenced historical English understandings of ‘discernment’ as well – is used in historical Italian metadiscourses contradicts the modern application of this metaterm.

AB - The present paper contributes to metapragmatics, by examining the question of how historicity influences the validity of certain modern metaterms that are accepted as ‘neutral’ and ‘scientific’ in pragmatics. We argue that it is fundamental to explore the history and development of such metaterms, and also to study their historically situated meanings, in order to increase the self-reflexivity and rigour of analyses. We analyse the notion of ‘discernment’ as a case study, and we will show that the way in which the Italian equivalent of this term (discernere) – which supposedly influenced historical English understandings of ‘discernment’ as well – is used in historical Italian metadiscourses contradicts the modern application of this metaterm.

KW - Historicity

KW - Italian

KW - Metapragmatics

KW - Self-reflexivity

KW - ‘Discernment’

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84941772096&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1075/prag.25.3.03kad

DO - 10.1075/prag.25.3.03kad

M3 - Article

VL - 25

SP - 369

EP - 391

JO - Pragmatics

JF - Pragmatics

SN - 1018-2101

IS - 3

ER -