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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... dialectology Paradigm / Dimension Sociology of language Interactional
sociolinguistics • interactive construction and organization of discourse Object of
study • status and function of languages and language varieties in speech
One of the charges often laid at English historical linguists ' door is their
concentration on the history of Standard English at the expense of other varieties
( e.g. Milroy 1992 : 51–52 ) . By looking at the diffusion and social embedding of a
Nonstandard varieties permit variation where the focused standard core allows
none . Our data show that high - frequency standard variants are typically the
historical ones . They attest to the relative conservatism and resistance to change
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