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The point of departure of this paper is that it is both timely and imperative to renew the traditional systemic approach to historical linguistics primarily focusing on Ancient Hungarian and Old Hungarian and supplement it with usage-centred research based on Middle Hungarian sources (like records of evidence in witchcraft trials). One possible way of doing that is offered by historical (socio)pragmatics, a line of study little known at present within Hungarian linguistics. Although a systematic application of (synchronically tried-and-true, all but classical) pragmatic theories and methods to historical material may come up against unforeseeable or even unresolvable difficulties, such „experimentation” is a promising enterprise: the pragmatic point of view and the theories built on it may provide historical investigations with a framework that can not only be expected to yield new conclusions but also to throw new light upon familiar facts of language history. The title of this paper raises two questions: 1. Is a new approach to the study of the history of Hungarian needed at all? and 2. What is historical sociopragmatics? In what follows, I will try to answer both questions in that order.

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, Ping, Sara Sepanski and Xiaowei Zhao. 2006. Language history questionnaire: A web-based interface for bilingual research. Behavior Research Methods 38. 202–210. Zhao X. Language

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Carpathian Basin in 895 are an important source for reconstructing the language history of this group of Turkic languages in the period between the fifth and ninth centuries. 1 The reconstruction of the history of Chuvash rests on Turkic loanwords in

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Martin Stokhof . 1991 . Dynamic predicate logic . Linguistics and Philosophy 14 . 39 – 100 . Gugán , Katalin . 2012 . Zigzagging in language history: Negation and

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loaded or not even loaded at all with negative connotations even in diasporas with a complicated history. Other elements of culture, such as literature, language, history, religion, traditions, economy or national symbols could more be it. Probably, that

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