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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This method , created by David Cressy in his book on literacy and social order in
1980 , is based on the fact that reading and writing were regarded as two
separate skills and taught in succession , not simultaneously as today . Teaching
As it is clear that the ability to sign one's name does not necessarily presuppose
a more extensive writing skill , we may assume that the proportion of the
population with writing skills was smaller than the percentages for signature
The writers are introduced as numbers in the graphs , and the lists of names ,
years of birth , and individual scores representing the percentage of the new form
of the total of occurrences in each informant's writing are given in Appendixes 5.1
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