Historical Sociolinguistics

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This volume presents a sociolinguistic perspective on the history of the English language. Based on original empirical research, it discusses the social factors that promoted linguistic changes in earlier English, and the people who were the leading force behind them. The authors focus on the major grammatical developments that shaped the language in Tudor and Stuart times, the period that laid the foundations for modern Standard English.

Nevalainen and Raumolin-Brunberg adopt an interdisciplinary approach, exploring the extent to which sociolinguistic models and methods can be applied to the history of English.

 

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Contents

Issues in Historical Sociolinguistics
1
Chapter 2 Sociolinguistic Paradigms and language Change
16
Background and Informants
26
Chapter 4 Real Time
53
Chapter 5 Apparent Time
83
Chapter 6 Gender
110
Chapter 7 Social Stratification
133
Chapter 8 Regional Variation
157
Chapter 10 Conclusion
202
Methodology How to Count Occurrences
214
Numerical Information
218
The Letter Collections
223
References
235
Author Index
254
Subject Index
258
Copyright

Chapter 9 Historical Patterning of Sociolinguistic Variation
185

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