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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Landownership the basis for the position of the gentry . Upward social mobility
via the professions , marriage or acquisition of land ; paths open especially
before the 1640s . Inflation of honours and multiplication of the gentry during the
Linguistically sensitive upwardly mobile middle - ranking people , whom we call
social aspirers , will play a significant role in our analysis . In singling them out ,
we can have the benefit of hindsight at its best : on the basis of personal histories
incipient stage , and the growth in 1620-1681 may be characterized as new and
vigorous . However , the fact that the curve has been drawn on the basis of a
frequency count and not relative frequency calls for caution in the interpretation
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