Contact, Variation, and Change in the History of English

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The papers in this volume aim at facilitating exchange between three fields of inquiry that are of great importance in historical linguistics: language change, (socio)linguistic research on variation, and contact linguistics. Drawing on a range of recently-developed methodological innovations, such as methods for quantifying the linguistic variation (that is a prerequisite for language change) or new corpus-based methods for investigating text-type variation, the contributors are able to trace linguistic change in different periods and contact situations, demonstrate how variation occurs, and in how far language change results out of this variation. Thus, the chapters go beyond core issues of language variation and change, focusing on the boundary between word and grammar, discourse and ideology in the history of the English language.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 159]  2014.  vi, 326 pp.
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Table of Contents
At the crossroads of language change, variation, and contact
Simone E. Pfenninger, Olga Timofeeva, Anne-Christine Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt and Daniel Schreier
PART I: Language change
Knitting and splitting information: Medial placement of linking adverbials in the history of English
Ursula Lenker
The order of adverbials of time and place in Old English
Susanne Chrambach
The demise of a preterite-present verb: Why was unnan lost?
Anna Wojtyś
Gradience in an abrupt change: Stress shift in English disyllabic noun-verb pairs
Betty S. Phillips
Vowels before /r/ in the history of English
Raymond Hickey
PART II: Language variation
“Pained the eye and stunned the ear” Language ideology and the progressive passive in the nineteenth century
Lieselotte Anderwald
Watching as-clauses in Late Modern English
Cristiano Broccias
Colloquialization and “decolloquialization” Phrasal verbs in formal contexts, 1650–1990
Paula Rodríguez-Puente
Letters of Artisans and the Labouring Poor (England, c. 1750–1835): Approaching linguistic diversity in Late Modern English
Mikko Laitinen and Anita Auer
New-dialect formation in medieval Ireland: A corpus-based study of Irish English pre-modal verbs
Marije van Hattum
Tracing uses of will and would in Late Modern British and Irish English
Patricia Ronan
PART III: Variation and change in contact situations
The subjunctive mood in Philippine English: A diachronic analysis
Peter Collins, Ariane Macalinga Borlongan, Joo-Hyuk Lim and Xinyue Yao
Revisiting a millennium of migrations: Contextualizing Dutch/Low-German influence on English dialect lexis
Emil Chamson
or : A dilemma of the Middle English scribal practice
Jerzy Welna
“This collection of papers from the 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics demonstrates the multifarious nature of this discipline. Contributions from both established and up-and-coming scholars present a wide range of studies cutting across the themes of language variation, contact and change over all periods from Old English to the very recent past and including world Englishes. This volume provides an exciting snapshot of a dynamic discipline and is essential reading for those wanting to know the state of the art in English (socio-)historical linguistics.”


Due to a mishap in production a non-final version of the article by Ursula Lenker was published in the print edition of the book. Please see the corrected, complimentary full text version.

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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
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