Historical Sociolinguistics

Historical Sociolinguistics : Language Change in Tudor and Stuart England

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Historical Sociolinguistics: Language Change in Tudor and Stuart England is the seminal text in the field of historical sociolinguistics. Demonstrating the real-world application of sociolinguistic research methodologies, this book examines the social factors which promoted linguistic changes in English, laying the foundation for Modern Standard English. This revised edition of Nevalainen and Raumolin-Brunberg's ground-breaking work: * discusses the grammatical developments that shaped English in the early modern period; * presents the sociolinguistic factors affecting linguistic change in early English, including gender, social status, and regional variation; * showcases the authors' research into personal letters from the people who were the driving force behind these changes; and * demonstrates how historical linguists can make use of social and demographic history when analysing and interpreting linguistic variation over an extended period of time. With brand new chapters on language change and the individual, and on newly developed sociolinguistic methods, Historical Sociolinguistics is essential reading for all students and researchers in this area.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 47 black & white tables, 65 black & white line drawings
  • 1138951307
  • 9781138951303

About Terttu Nevalainen

Terttu Nevalainen is Professor of English Philology and Director of the VARIENG Research Unit in the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki. Helena Raumolin-Brunberg was formerly a Senior Researcher in the Department of English, University of Helsinki.show more

Table of contents

Preface 1. Introduction: issues in historical sociolinguistics 2. Sociolinguistic paradigms and language change 3. Primary data: background and informants 4. Real time 5. Apparent time 6. Gender 7. Social stratification 8. Regional variation 9. Historical patterning of sociolinguistic variation 10. Language change and the individual 11. Language change: transmission and diffusion 12. Conclusion Appendix I: Methodology: how to count occurrences? Appendix II: Numerical information Appendix III: The letter collectionsshow more

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"This revised edition of Historical Sociolinguistics: Language Change in Tudor and Stuart England testifies to the vivid interest in this interdisciplinary discipline by bringing in newly developed methodologies and approaches. Like in the first edition, empirical and illustrative case studies together with stimulating and enlightening research make this book a classic and an indispensable work for everyone interested in the whys and wherefores of sociolinguistic variation from a historical perspective."Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, University of Vigo, Spain and University of Manchester, UKshow more

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