Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics
This volume explores potential paths in historical sociolinguistics, with a particular focus on the inter-related areas of methodological innovations, hitherto un- or under-explored textual resources, and theoretical advancements and challenges. The individual chapters cover Dutch, Finnish and different varieties of English and are based on data spanning from the fifteenth century to the present day. Paying tribute to Terttu Nevalainen’s pioneering work, the book highlights the wide range and complexity of the field of historical sociolinguistics and presents achievements and challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration. The book is of interest to a wide readership, ranging from scholars of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and digital humanities to (advanced) graduate and postgraduate students in courses on language variation and change.
[Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 7] 2017. vii, 331 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. vii–7
The future of historical sociolinguistics?Tanja Säily, Arja Nurmi, Minna Palander-Collin and Anita Auer | pp. 1–19
Part I. Methodological innovations
Exploring part-of-speech frequencies in a sociohistorical corpus of EnglishTanja Säily, Turo Vartiainen and Harri Siirtola | pp. 23–52
Reading into the past: Materials and methods in historical semantics researchSusan Fitzmaurice, Justyna A. Robinson, Marc Alexander, Iona C. Hine, Seth Mehl and Fraser Dallachy | pp. 53–82
Ireland in British parliamentary debates 1803–2005: Plotting changes in discourse in a large volume of time-series corpus dataHelen Baker, Vaclav Brezina and Tony McEnery | pp. 83–107
Discord in eighteenth-century genteel correspondenceMinna Nevala and Anni Sairio | pp. 109–127
Part II. New data for historical sociolinguistic research
Competing norms and standards: Methodological triangulation in the study of language planning in nineteenth-century FinlandTaru Nordlund and Ritva Pallaskallio | pp. 131–156
Relativisation in Dutch diaries, private letters and newspapers (1770–1840): A genre-specific national language?Andreas Krogull, Gijsbert Rutten and Marijke van der Wal | pp. 157–186
“A graphic system which leads its own linguistic life”? Epistolary spelling in English, 1400–1800Samuli Kaislaniemi, Mel Evans, Teo Juvonen and Anni Sairio | pp. 187–213
Part III. Theory: Bridging gaps, new challenges
Historical sociolinguistics and construction grammar: From mutual challenges to mutual benefitsMartin Hilpert | pp. 217–237
A lost Canadian dialect: The Ottawa Valley 1975–2013Bridget L. Jankowski and Sali A. Tagliamonte | pp. 239–274
“Vernacular universals” in nineteenth-century grammar writingLieselotte Anderwald | pp. 275–302
Revisiting weak ties: Using present-day social media data in variationist studiesMikko Laitinen, Jonas Lundberg, Magnus Levin and Alexander Lakaw | pp. 303–325
Index | pp. 327–331
“The work of Professor Terttu Nevalainen has inspired countless researchers in the sphere of historical sociolinguistics, the area of research in which she has consistently been the most significant pioneer. Her research and thinking have now inspired this brilliant new volume Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics which sets out exciting possibilities for further developments in this vitally important and impressively burgeoning field.”
“Bringing together eleven articles from researchers working with data from numerous countries, periods, and media, this volume [...] addresses some of the most pressing methodological concerns for those in the field and acts as a beacon for illuminating future pathways of research. [It] not only demonstrates how established sociolinguistic models can apply to big, rich, and sometimes unlikely datasets, but also how new models and approaches are being forged in the crucible of the discipline which could eventually be applied to sociolinguistics more broadly.”
Andrew Lloyd, University of Oxford
“[T]his volume looks into new inter-related areas and future directions for research within this hybrid field in terms of methodological innovations, un- and under-explored data, and theoretical advancements as well as challenges. [It] constitutes a reflection of the vitality and energy currently being expended on historical sociolinguistic research and, what is even more promising, of the constantly increasing activity in the field.”
Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy, Universidad de Murcia, in Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 2019
“[This volume] has successfully showed current trends, ideas, advances and challenges in the field of historical sociolinguistics, especially with regard to the rapidly developing world of digital humanities. As accurately diagnosed by the editors in the introductory chapter, and vividly proven by the authors of the following eleven chapters, historical sociolinguists (but also linguists in general) will have to make a stronger effort towards changing their mindset and acquiring a broader set of skills that will enable them to engage in truly multidisciplinary work.”
Ivana Eterovic, in Fluminensia, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2019) pp. 336-340
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Main BIC Subject
CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative