The Language of Daily Life in England (1400–1800)

| University of Helsinki
| University of Helsinki
| University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027254283 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289728 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The Language of Daily Life in England (1400–1800) is an important state-of-the art account of historical sociolinguistic and socio-pragmatic research. The volume contains nine studies and an introductory essay which discuss linguistic and social variation and change over four centuries. Each study tackles a linguistic or social phenomenon, and approaches it with a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, always embedded in the socio-historical context. The volume presents new information on linguistic variation and change, while evaluating and developing the relevant theoretical and methodological tools. The writers form one of the leading research teams in the field, and, as compilers of the Corpus of Early English Correspondence, have an informed understanding of the data in all its depth. This volume will be of interest to scholars in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and socio-pragmatics, but also e.g. social history. The approachable style of writing makes it also inviting for advanced students.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 183]  2009.  vii, 312 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The language of daily life in the history of English: Studying how macro meets micro
Minna Palander-Collin, Minna Nevala and Arja Nurmi
Section 1. Variation and social relations
Negotiating interpersonal identities in writing: Code-switching practices in Charles Burney's correspondence
Päivi Pahta and Arja Nurmi
Patterns of interaction: Self-mention and addressee inclusion in letters of Nathaniel Bacon and his correspondents
Minna Palander-Collin
Referential terms and expressions in eighteenth-century letters: A case study on the Lunar men of Birmingham
Minna Nevala
Section 2. Methodological considerations in the study of change
Methodological and practical aspects of historical network analysis: A case study of the Bluestocking letters
Anni Sairio
Grasshoppers and blind beetles: Caregiver language in Early Modern English correspondence
Terttu Nevalainen
Lifespan changes in the language of three early modern gentlemen
Helena Raumolin-Brunberg
Section 3. Sociohistorical context
Singular YOU WAS/WERE variation and English normative grammars in the eighteenth century
Mikko Laitinen
Encountering and appropriating the Other: East India Company merchants and foreign terminology
Samuli Kaislaniemi
Everyday possessions: Family and identity in the correspondence of John Paston II
Teo Juvonen
Appendix: Editions in the Corpora of Early English Correspondence
Name index
Subject index
“As much of the work presented in this book is ongoing, the overall value lies largely in the detailed discussions and evaluations of methods and approaches, making it very useful for anyone teaching historical sociolinguistics - and as the Historical Sociolinguistics Network [...] shows, this is a growing field. In particular, Raumolin-Brunberg's study must be singled out as condensing a tremendous amount of material as she contrasts the language of individual speakers with that of their generation. The CEEC project has been running since 1993 and its output over the years has greatly refined our knowledge of the history of English; this volume shows that there is still much to be learnt.”
The Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800) is an important state-of-theart account of historical sociolinguistic and socio-pragmatic research. It presents new information on linguistic variation and change while evaluating and developing the relevant theoretical and methodological tools. The selection and order of contributions results in a coherent and comprehensive volume of cutting-edge research. The range of methodologies employed and spectrum of linguistic features investigated make this volume a valuable resource for scholars in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, socio-pragmatics and social history. The results of research presented in the book are an excellent way of showing that in sociolinguistics today cross-disciplinary, multi-layered approaches are increasingly called for as a way of reaching beyond traditional paradigms and established categories.”
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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009000376 | Marc record