Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus

Morpho-syntactic variability of second person pronouns

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This study investigates the morpho-syntactic variability of the second person pronouns in the Shakespeare Corpus, seeking to elucidate the factors that underlie their choice. The major part of the work is devoted to analyzing the variation between you and thou, but it also includes chapters that deal with the variation between thy and thine and between ye and you. Methodologically, the study makes use of descriptive statistics, but incorporates both quantitative and qualitative features, drawing in particular on research methods recently developed within the fields of corpus linguistics, socio-historical linguistics and historical pragmatics. By making comparisons to other corpora on Early Modern English the work does not only contribute to Shakespeare studies, but on a broader scale also to language change by providing new and more detailed insights into the mechanisms that have led to a restructuring of the pronoun paradigm in the Early Modern period.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 106]  2002.  xiv, 344 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
xi
Abbreviations
xiii
1. General introduction
1–13
2. Previous research on the use of personal pronouns in Early Modern English with special reference to Shakespeare’s plays
15–36
3. Thou and you : A quantitative analysis
37–61
4. The distribution of thou and you and their variants in verse and prose
63–81
5. “A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted / Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion”: Address pronouns in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and other Elizabethan poetry
83–98
6. “You beastly knave, know you no reverence?”: The co-occurrence of second person pronouns and nominal forms of address
99–186
7. “Prithee no more” vs. “Pray you, chuck, come hither”: Prithee and pray you as discourse markers
187–212
8. The role of grammar in the selection of thou or you
213–221
9. “In thine own person answer thy abuse”: The use of thy vs. thine
223–248
10. “Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye”: The syntactic, pragmatic and social implications of the pronoun ye
249–281
11. Summary and conclusion
283–292
Appendix: Mitchell’s Corpus of British Drama (1580–1780)
293–295
Notes
297–310
References
311–331
Name index
333–335
Subject index
337–339
“B's book is a welcome contribution to the study of the history of second person pronouns in English, emphasizing the centrality of the Shakespearean canon in this connection.”
“This book contains a wealth of material which should be invaluable to all those interested in Shakespeare.”
“Overall, I think the book is important as it informs our knowledge of Shakespeare's language. Furthermore, since Busse compares his findings in the Shakespeare corpus to other Early Modern English corpora, the study carries import for our understanding of the history of English more generally. Busse's presentation proceeds logically and his claims are well supported by the data he presents. One of the most beneficial aspects of Busse's work is that it provides the reader with a lot of material that could lead to further research or prove useful for in-progress studies among individual researchers. ”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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