Social Roles and Language Practices in Late Modern English

Päivi Pahta | University of Tampere
ORCID logoMinna Nevala | University of Helsinki
Arja Nurmi | University of Helsinki
ORCID logoMinna Palander-Collin | University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027254405 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027288233 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This volume presents a ground-breaking overview of the interconnections between socio-cultural reality and language practices, by looking at the different ways in which social roles are performed, maintained, adopted and assigned through linguistic means. The introductory chapter discusses and evaluates different theoretical approaches to the question, and the eight articles by leading scholars in the field offer a multiplicity of methodological and theoretical approaches to the description and interpretation of social roles as expressed in a variety of texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While the specific period covered is Late Modern English, the theoretical insights offered will be of interest to any linguist interested in sociolinguistics, pragmatics and the history of English, as well as scholars in the social sciences and social history interested in the concept and realisation of roles.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 195] 2010.  viii, 241 pp.
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“This is a trailblazing volume. Too often do studies in historical linguistics adopt social (or other) theories of yesterday. But here we have cutting-edge research on social roles, identities and practices applied innovatively to historical data, leading to new insights – not just about Late Modern English but also about the dynamics of language, social phenomena and change – and lighting the way for future research.”
“This collection of uniformly strong studies brings a contemporary, sophisticated understanding of social roles, positions and identities to historical written texts, and so raises new and exciting questions on the ways in which writing, early on, became a vehicle for articulating more than ideas and stories - how writing became an instrument for endorsing, questioning and challenging the social order.”
“Adopting a research model from the social sciences, this volume offers a challenging new framework for the study of Late Modern English writings both from the public and the private domain. Uniquely in the context of historical sociolinguistics, the papers included offer important insights into the interrelationship of different social roles adopted by Late Modern English writers and their language use. Each paper provides the reader with an intriguing case study, showing convincingly that data from older stages of the language, despite obvious limitations as deriving from the written medium, are in fact very good data when approached with a research model that takes these limitations into account through consistent and systematic embedding in the context in which the texts were originally conceived.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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