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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We may therefore explore social status and language change before the norms
and social evaluations of Standard ... The brunt of the criticism is levelled at the
fact that speakers ' socio - economic status is reduced to a single scale , and that
In her review , James ( 1996 ) finds that interpretations of the Sex / Prestige
pattern are either economic and social or related to status and power . Social and
economic factors are approached in terms of ' market forces ' and social networks
The primacy of style over other external factors , social status in particular , has
been advocated by proponents of a maximally comprehensive view of register
variation . Considering both written and spoken language , Finegan and Biber ...
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