Transatlantic Perspectives on Late Modern English

ORCID logoMarina Dossena | Università degli Studi di Bergamo
ISBN 9789027200839 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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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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“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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Dossena, Marina
2016.  Marianne Hundt (ed.), Late Modern English syntax (Studies in English Language). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. x + 385 pp. ISBN 9781107032798 . English Language and Linguistics 20:1  pp. 163 ff. DOI logo
Kytö, Merja & Erik Smitterberg
2020. Introduction. In Late Modern English [Studies in Language Companion Series, 214],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo
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2016. PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED. English Language and Linguistics 20:1  pp. 183 ff. DOI logo

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CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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