Transatlantic Perspectives on Late Modern English

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The volume presents an innovative approach to studies in Late Modern English by giving attention to variation and change in varieties of English on both sides of the Atlantic.

As new corpora become available, scholarly interests broaden their horizons to encompass varieties, the history of which has only just begun to be investigated, and which are likely to yield significant findings. The contributors, whose long experience in the field of English historical linguistics ensures in-depth investigations, employ state-of-the-art tools for the analysis of specific phenomena and to set these in the light of a more encompassing framework concerning different text types and sociolinguistic considerations. While usage guides and dictionaries prove remarkable in their contribution to the definition of what is (not) acceptable in specific social circles, the language of ordinary users also takes centre stage in studies of correspondence, journals and travelogues. The volume is expected to appeal to scholars and students interested in the linguistic history of English as seen in contexts on which – until now – relatively little light has been shed.
[Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 4]  2015.  vii, 221 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
Marina Dossena
1–12
Studying real-time change in the adverbial subjunctive: The value of the Bank of Canadian English
Laurel J. Brinton
13–36
Political perspectives on linguistic innovation in independent America: Learning from the libraries of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Carol Percy
37–53
Five Hundred Mistakes Corrected: An early American English usage guide
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
55–71
Transatlantic perspectives on late nineteenth-century English usage: Alford (1864) compared to White (1871)
Ulrich Busse
73–97
“Provincial in England, but in common use with us”: John R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms and the English Dialect Dictionary
Javier Ruano-García, Maria F. Garcia-Bermejo Giner and Pilar Sánchez-García
99–116
“Across the ocean ferry”: Point of view, description and evaluation in nineteenth-century narrations of ocean crossings
Marina Dossena
117–134
Legitimising linguistic devices in A Cheering Voice from Upper Canada (1834)
Francisco Alonso-Almeida and Nila Vázquez
135–151
Nineteenth-century institutional (im)politeness: Responses of the Colonial Office to letters from William Parker, 1820 settler
Matylda Włodarczyk
153–177
‘[B]ut sure its only a penny after all’: Irish English discourse marker sure
Carolina P. Amador-Moreno and Kevin McCafferty
179–197
Assigned gender in a corpus of nineteenth-century correspondence among settlers in the American Great Plains
Trinidad Guzmán-González
199–218
Index
219–221
“All in all, the volume offers an interesting overview of a range of topics related to variation and change in LModE varieties on both sides of the Atlantic. The topics enable zooming in on the emergence of new varieties; the volume’s main achievement lies in the fact that the contributions add to our general knowledge of the early stages of the various extraterritorial Englishes.”
“For rather pragmatic reasons, deriving in large part from the accessibility of materials and the kinds of questions being pursued, this book is mostly about 19th-century English rather than Late Modern English as a whole, but this does not reduce its effectiveness or its relevance. The contributions are well executed — each accomplishes what it sets out to do — and new insights on transatlantic differences, shared usages and ideologies are gained. This is a valuable read for corpus linguists and English historical linguists alike.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014044154