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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In both cases we are faced with the limits of extending the sociolinguistic
enterprise into history . Only the first one is theoretically interesting , however , in
that it suggests that some modern ' facts ' only extend so far back in time to earlier
We might therefore wish to inquire into the status of theory in sociolinguistics
generally in order to see where to situate historical sociolinguistic theory . Three
basic alternative views are considered by Coupland ( 1998 , 2001 ) , who thinks
The model contains a set of axioms based on a number of sociolinguistic surveys
. The Style Axiom states that variation on the style dimension within the speech of
a single speaker derives from and echoes the variation which exists between ...
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