History of English in a Social Context: A Contribution to Historical Sociolinguistics

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Kastovsky and Mettinger introduce 16 papers which were originally presented at either the HESCO conference in Tulln or the ESSE conference in Debrecen, Hungary (both September, 1997). The contributions cover such topics as forms of address, spelling and pronunciation, lexis, language attitudes, and auxiliaries. Varieties of English discussed include British English, American English, Scots, and South African English. The majority of the papers deals with the Early Modern English period, while others examine Middle English and Modern English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Excellent in Shakespeare 1
Address pronouns in Shakespeare's English: a re-appraisal in terms of markedness 25
Gender voices in the spoken interaction of the past: a pilot study based on Early Modern English trial proceedings 53
Is there a social element in English word-stress? Explorations into a non-categorial treatment of English stress: a long-term view 91
The modal verb shall between grammar and usage in the nineteenth century 115
Social relations and forms of address in the Canterbury Tales 135
Covert and overt language attitudes to the Scots tongue expressed in the Statistical accounts of Scotland 169
Fashionable idiolects? The use of the negative prefix dis- 1520-1620 199
On the conditioning of geographical and social distance in language variation and change in Renaissance Scots 227
The influence of political correctness on lexical and grammatical change in late-twentieth-century English 257
The changing role of London on the linguistic map of Tudor and Stuart England 279
The rise and regulation of periphrastic do in negative declarative sentences: a sociolinguistic study 339
Shibboleths galore: the treatment of Irish and Scottish English in histories of the English language 363
Ethnolinguistic identity as common denominator: a socio-historical investigation of the lexical items for 'people' in South African English 377
Perceived and real differences between men's and women's spellings of the early to mid-seventeenth century 405
Sociohistorical linguistics and the observer's paradox 441
Index of subjects 463
Index of authors 477
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