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 Present - day English supralocal processes are typically witnessed in
phonology , as in the diffusion from London to Norwich and the rest of East Anglia
of the initial fricative merger in words like thin and fin ( Trudgill 1986 : 54 ) .
As codification , and institutional norm - enforcement based on it , took place in
the late modern period ( 1700–1900 ) , what we can see in the earlier centuries is
the more or less unmonitored diffusion of supralocal usages . However , in ...
In supralocal usage , the secondperson singular THOU / THEE was lost in the
course of the Early Modern English period and , as shown above , you rapidly
replaced ye in the subject function in the sixteenth century . One of the socially
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