Unlocking the History of English

Pragmatics, prescriptivism and text types

Selected papers from the 21st ICEHL

ORCID logoLuisella Caon | Leiden University
ORCID logoMoragh S. Gordon | Leiden University
ORCID logoThijs Porck | Leiden University
ISBN 9789027214720 | EUR 120.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027246998 | EUR 120.00 | USD 158.00
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This volume brings together contributions selected from papers delivered at the 21st International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL, Leiden 2021). The chapters deal with aspects of language use throughout the history of English, including efforts to prescribe and regulate language in texts that share specific forms, functions and audiences. They feature both quantitative and qualitative analyses of changing language use, often in relation to trends of language advice in such metalinguistic works as grammars, spelling books and usage guides. The authors showcase work on pragmatics and prescriptivism (understatement between Middle and Late Modern English, capitalization of common nouns from Early to Late Modern English and the use of stigmatized grammatical variants in eighteenth-century plays), specific text types (case studies of political, legal and medical English) and the language of late modern letters (diachronic stylistic changes, letter-copying practices, the role of letter-writing manuals and changing spelling practices). This volume will be of interest to those working on pragmatics, prescriptivism and sociolinguistics of English, historical linguistics, language change, computational historical linguistics and related sub-disciplines.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 364] 2024.  viii, 253 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2024004904 | Marc record