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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Besides this Type of Subject Constraint , which had spread as far south as the
Chester - Wash line in the Late Middle English period ( McIntosh 1989 : 117 ) ,
the originally northern third - person suffix -s was expanding at the expense of the
With the two forms of northern origins , the City of London continued to lead the
process in the south until it was past mid - range . The lead could also be
assumed jointly by London and the Court . This happened with the rise of the
The Chester - Humber line is the traditional basis we have selected for
characterizing counties north of Lincolnshire as ' northern ' , but it is not the only
dividing line between northern and southern varieties presented in the literature .
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