Language Ideology and Language Change in Early Modern German

A sociolinguistic study of the consonantal system of Nuremberg

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This quantitative study, based on a computerized corpus of texts written by five men in early 16th-century Nuremberg, employs multivariate GLM statistical procedures to analyze the way linguistic, social and stylistic factors work individually and in interaction to influence variation observed in the texts. Over 70,000 tokens of variable consonants sets were analyzed, using network analysis as an alternate approach to quantification of relevant social identities, which allowed focus on individual behavior without discarding the analysis of group behaviors. The study provides evidence that consonantal variation in early modern written texts is not random. To a surprising degree, it is possible to account for the structured heterogeneity in the writings studied by using methodologies established for spoken language in modern day communities. Like spoken languages, variation precedes change in the written language, and again like spoken language, not all variation is followed by change. That is, while variation cannot always be demonstrated to be structured, much of it is clearly and reliably attributable to the same complex of linguistic, social and stylistic factors which shape the structured heterogeneity of spoken languages of our own time. Of particular importance is the quantification of an individual's relationship to an emerging ideology of language standardization, and the way that relationship interacts with written language variation.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 119]  1994.  xiv, 150 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
List of tables
xii
List of figures
xiv
1. Language standardization in ideological context
1
2. Nuremberg and its language
15
3. The distribution of variable consonants sets
41
4. Social identity, stylistic factors and orthographic congruity
65
5. Statistical models of Nuremberg’s consonantal variation
85
Conclusions
99
Appendix A: Demographic data
107
Appendix B: Coding guidelines
113
Appendix C: Primary source list
115
Appendix D: Data
120
References
139
Index
149
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  94031088