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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As shown in Chapter 3 , the average proportion of women's letters in the CEEC
amounts to about 20 per cent of the total . The overwhelming majority of these
women came from the upper ranks . So Sabine Johnson , the merchant's wife ...
This means that our discussion necessarily remains on a general level and does
not encompass the behaviour of individual ranks . This also means that the ends
of the social scale , in which changes are not supposed to originate ( Labov ...
Before that the upper ranks seem to have been in the lead . This fact alone might
warrant an interpretation of this shift as a change from above in social terms . To
find out the earliest developments , a closer analysis of the behaviour of the ...
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