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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Individuals do not command the full range of regional and social dialects of their
mother tongue and therefore cannot construct ... The variable linguistic behaviour
of individual speakers is also appreciated within the quantitative paradigm .
Historical data provide opportunities for longitudinal studies of some individuals '
language from relatively long ... the apparent - time analysis often correctly
predicts the progression of an individual change , counterexamples also occur .
Similar problems rarely exist in present - day studies , in which the contributions
of individual informants can be kept at a chosen level , either in terms of the
amount of running text or the linguistic occurrences under examination . The
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