Sociolinguistic Variation in Old English

Records of communities and people

Olga Timofeeva | University of Zurich
ISBN 9789027211347 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027257666 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This is the first extensive study of Old English to utilise the insights and methodologies of sociolinguistics. Building on previous philological and historical work, it takes into account the sociology and social dialectology of Old English and offers a description of its speech communities informed by the theory of social networks and communities of practice. Specifically, this book uses data from historical narratives and legal documents and examines the interplay of linguistic innovation, variation, and change with such sociolinguistic parameters as region, scribal office, gender, and social status. Special attention is given to the processes of supralocalisation and their correlation with periods of political centralisation in the history of Anglo-Saxon England.
[Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 13]  2022.  xv, 204 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2022014468