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Heterogeneity vs. homogeneity


Hundt, Marianne (2014). Heterogeneity vs. homogeneity. In: Auer, Anita; Schreier, D; Watts, Richard J. Letter Writing and Language Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 72-100.

Abstract

The Letters from settlers and labouring emigrants stem from a digitized edition of a contemporary letter edition made by the New Zealand Company with the obvious aim of advertising life in the newly established colony and thus attracting further migrants to their cause. The editing process is more than likely to have had a homogenizing effect on the language of the letters. The aim of the paper is to describe the degree of variability that is still found in these letters and to assess their suitability as a source of information for the history of written New Zealand English. To assess the editorial influence as a homogenizing factor in the New Zealand letters, a two-pronged approach is taken: (a) a micro-level comparison of variability in existing autographs from New Zealand from a later period with comparable letters from the Wakefield settlements, and (b) a macro-level comparison of variability in contemporary letters from America of emigrants from Lancashire, the so-called Cherry Valley Chronicles.

Abstract

The Letters from settlers and labouring emigrants stem from a digitized edition of a contemporary letter edition made by the New Zealand Company with the obvious aim of advertising life in the newly established colony and thus attracting further migrants to their cause. The editing process is more than likely to have had a homogenizing effect on the language of the letters. The aim of the paper is to describe the degree of variability that is still found in these letters and to assess their suitability as a source of information for the history of written New Zealand English. To assess the editorial influence as a homogenizing factor in the New Zealand letters, a two-pronged approach is taken: (a) a micro-level comparison of variability in existing autographs from New Zealand from a later period with comparable letters from the Wakefield settlements, and (b) a macro-level comparison of variability in contemporary letters from America of emigrants from Lancashire, the so-called Cherry Valley Chronicles.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:12 Nov 2014 14:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:30
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:9781107018648
Related URLs:http://www.cambridge.org/ch/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/history-english-language/letter-writing-and-language-change (Publisher)

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