Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900

A sociolinguistic and comparative perspective

ORCID logoGijsbert Rutten | Universiteit Leiden
Rik Vosters | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Wim Vandenbussche | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
ISBN 9789027200822 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268792 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Historical sociolinguistics has successfully challenged the traditional focus on standardization in linguistic historiography. Extensive research on newly uncovered textual resources has shown the widespread variation in the written language of the past that was previously hidden or neglected. The time has come to integrate both perspectives, and to reassess the importance of language norms, standardization and prescription on the basis of sound empirical studies of large corpora of texts.
The chapters in this volume discuss the interplay of language norms and language use in the history of Dutch, English, French and German between 1600 and 1900. Written by leading experts in the field, each chapter focuses on one language and one century. A substantial introductory chapter puts the twelve research chapters into a comparative perspective.
The book is of interest to a wide readership, ranging from scholars of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology and social history to (advanced) graduate and postgraduate students in courses on language variation and change.
[Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 3] 2014.  viii, 334 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Standardisation is a topic which deserves the in-depth attention given to it in the present, well-constructed volume. Here students and scholars alike will find accurate discussions and pertinent analyses of all issues surrounding norms and usage across several centuries. The volume will serve as a reference work in the field for many years to come.”
“This is a very strong volume that I'll use often and recommend to students and colleagues. The issue of norms deserves this attention and the papers treat that issue in a coherent way for a clearly defined context, in terms of languages and time period.”
“Bringing together leading researchers in each of the respective language fields, the volume unites themes and questions which have coalesced into some of the most fundamental concerns of historical sociolinguistics. [...] The variety of perspectives taken – quantitative and qualitative, focused on large corpora or on just one work or author in particular – means that this will be a valuable volume not only for those working in the four languages covered, but for historical (socio)linguists in general.”

Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014049109