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 the context of directionality we can speak of a vertical diffusion of changes (
Görlach 1999 ) as opposed to a horizontal one , i.e. the spreading of changes
among people of the same social standing . This chapter will focus on origin and
In these cases , the change usually spread in the more northern regions faster
than in the City of London . This would not be expected if the horizontal wave
model were the only one operating in supralocalization . Our data show ,
A framework for the study of language spread . Language Spread : Studies in
Diffusion and Social Change , ed . Robert L. Cooper , 5-36 . Bloomington :
Indiana University Press and Washington D.C. Center for Applied Linguistics .
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