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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Actual patterns of migration can be reconstructed to some extent . The origin of
London apprentices is relatively well documented for some guilds and periods .
Wareing ( 1980 : 243 ) shows that the share of those who came from the north
... concerning origin , this section explores the directionality of change , a topic
already introduced in Chapter 6. We shall have a close look at four changes with
different patterns of social origin and 147 7 • Social Stratification.
With the two forms of northern origins , the City of London continued to lead the
process in the south until it was past mid ... This happened when the Court
surpassed London in the two processes of northern origin , and London overtook
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