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


One of the most important factors in language change is synchronic variation due to social differences including gender-specific language use. The papers in the present volume all address this topic in connection with the history of English. They range from Chaucer's and Shakespeare's forms of address to questions of political correctness today; they also include the discussion of attitudes to regional variation and of the influence of social variation on syntax and phonology as well as the role of standardization in a social context.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Dieter Kastovsky
  • Arthur Mettinger
  • Norman Blake
  • Silvia Bruti
  • Jonathan Culpeper
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2000


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