Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900

A sociolinguistic and comparative perspective

| Universiteit Leiden
| Vrije Universiteit Brussel
| Vrije Universiteit Brussel
ISBN 9789027200822 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268792 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
The interplay of language norms and usage patterns. Comparing the history of Dutch, English, French and German
Gijsbert Rutten, Rik Vosters and Wim Vandenbussche
Language norms and language use in seventeenth-century Dutch: Negation and the genitive
Judith Nobels and Gijsbert Rutten
Language norms and language use in eighteenth-century Dutch: Final n and the genitive
Tanja Simons and Gijsbert Rutten
Norms and usage in nineteenth-century Southern Dutch
Rik Vosters, Els Belsack, Jill Puttaert and Wim Vandenbussche
Norms and usage in seventeenth-century English
Terttu Nevalainen
Eighteenth-century English normative grammars and their readers
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Nineteenth-century English: Norms and usage
Anita Auer
From l’usage to le bon usage and back: Norms and usage in seventeenth-century France
Wendy Ayres-Bennett
Jacques-Louis Ménétra and his experience of the langue d’oc
R. Anthony Lodge
From local to supra-local: Hybridity in French written documents from the nineteenth century
France Martineau and Sandrine Tailleur
Language description, prescription and usage in seventeenth-century German
Nicola McLelland
Standard German in the eighteenth century: Norms and use
Nils Langer
Prescriptive norms and norms of usage in nineteenth-century German
Stephan Elspass
“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.”
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2021. Andreas Krogull: Policy versus practice: Language variation and change in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Dutch. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 7:2  pp. 339 ff. Crossref logo
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2017.  In Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics [Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 7],  pp. 157 ff. Crossref logo
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2016. Historicizing diaglossia. Journal of Sociolinguistics 20:1  pp. 6 ff. Crossref logo
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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