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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Following the distinction made by James Milroy ( 1992 ) between speaker
innovation and linguistic change , we will argue that it is only when an innovation
... As Milroy ( 1992 : 169 ) put it : ' it is speakers , and not languages , that
innovate ' .
As noted by Cameron ( 1997 : 62 ) , speakers may not be sociolinguistic
automata , but neither are they free social ... Traditionally , social dialectology has
mostly been interested in the speaker ' s vernacular both as ' the language used
Writing about early American English , Montgomery ( 1996 ) makes the
assumption that Americans were multi - style speakers from the beginning , and
also revealed this in their letters . The same assumption can be made about our
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Sociolinguistic Paradigms and Language Change
Background and Informants
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