Historical Sociolinguistics: Language Change in Tudor and Stuart England
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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According to Clay ( 1984 I : 144 ) , in the middle of the fifteenth century the
Church and the Crown together owned 25-35 per cent of the cultivated land in
England . By the late seventeenth century this share had dropped to 5-10 per
According to the literature , its first attestation goes back to 1598 ( Nevalainen &
Raumolin - Brunberg 1994a ) . The first occurrence in the CEEC stems from 1619
( see note 10 , Chapter 7 ) . 5. During the compilation process , the Helsinki ...
We have formulated these hypotheses in terms of an implicational scale as
follows ( the notation x > y meaning : ' the range of variation of x is greater than
that of y ' ) ; social variation > register variation according to addressee ( >
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