Sociocultural dimensions of lexis and text in the history of English
- edited by Peter Petré, Hubert Cuyckens, Frauke D'Hoedt.
- Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 
- Physical description
- viii, 258 pages ; 25 cm.
- Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science. Series IV, Current issues in linguistic theory ; v. 343.
- International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (18th : 2014 : Louvain, Belgium)
- Petré, Peter (Linguist), editor.
- Cuyckens, H., editor.
- D'Hoedt, Frauke, editor.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction: philology as linguistically informed cultural history / Peter Petré and Hubert Cuyckens
- Conspicuous lexical choice in past societies. Old English ead in Anglo-Saxon given names: a comparative approach to Anglo-Saxon anthroponomy / Olga Khallieva Boiché
- News and relations: highlighted textual labels in the titles of early modern news pamphlets / Carla Suhr
- "All spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air": metaphorical connections in the history of English / Marc Alexander and Christian Kay
- Historical layers in text and genre. Conservatism and innovation in Anglo-Saxon scribal practice / Christine Wallis
- Old English wills: a genre study / Lilo Moessner
- Spatio-temporal systems in Chaucer / Minako Nakayasu
- "A riddle to myself I am": argument shifting in English congregational song between
- 1500 and
- 1900 / Kirsten Gather
- Lexis, morphology, and a changing society. Common to the North of England and to New England: British English regionalisms in John Russell Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms / Javier Ruano-Garrcía
- Betwixt, amongst, and amidst: the diachronic development of function words with final / st/ / Ryuichi Hotta
- English word clipping in a diachronic perspective / Donka Minkova.
The chapters collected in this volume examine how the sociohistorical and cultural context may influence structural features of lexis and text types. Each paper pays particular attention to social `labels' and attitudes (conservative, religious, ideological, endearing, or other), thereby focusing on their dynamic and historical dimension. Changes in these are analyzed in order to explain morphological, lexical, and textual changes that would otherwise be hard to account for. Together, they provide a varied window on the effect of historical versions of a dynamic society on lexis and text. Examining lexical and textual change in history from a sociocultural perspective teaches us a great deal - not just about the past, but it also makes us think about similar phenomena in the present, enhancing our knowledge about how universally human some of these phenomena are. This volume will be of great interest to (English) historical linguists, sociolinguists, and scholars of sociohistorical and cultural studies.
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- Publication date
- Current issues in linguistic theory: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science, series iv, 0304-0763 ; volume 343
- Selected papers presented at the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, (ICEHL18), held at the University of Leuven, July 14-18, 2014.
- 9789027200792 hardcover alkaline paper
- 9027200793 hardcover alkaline paper
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