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Standardisation processes in Old and Middle English: the role of communities and networks


Timofeeva, Olga (2019). Standardisation processes in Old and Middle English: the role of communities and networks. In: The History of English Language in Poznań biannual conference (HEL-P), Poznan, Poland, 23 November 2019 - 24 November 2019.

Abstract

This talk will explore the role of individual social actors and their communities and networks in the formation, maintenance and dissolution of linguistic norms. It will consider several standardisation episodes in the history of Old and Early Middle English and connect them to other unification processes in the political and cultural history of England at the time. It will be suggested that the suppression of variability on the linguistic level often accompanies, or is a symptom of, a similar suppression on the ideological level. Political, religious, legal, and linguistic processes mingle in various ways in this period (as they do today) to replicate and enhance the social order, to support a reform movement, or to refute dissent.
Three case studies will offer insights into these processes: 1) shire courts and the ‘standardised’ lexis of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the reign of King Alfred and Edward the Elder; 2) chancery norms and charters of the eleventh century; and 3) religious reform and linguistic focusing in the thirteenth century.

Abstract

This talk will explore the role of individual social actors and their communities and networks in the formation, maintenance and dissolution of linguistic norms. It will consider several standardisation episodes in the history of Old and Early Middle English and connect them to other unification processes in the political and cultural history of England at the time. It will be suggested that the suppression of variability on the linguistic level often accompanies, or is a symptom of, a similar suppression on the ideological level. Political, religious, legal, and linguistic processes mingle in various ways in this period (as they do today) to replicate and enhance the social order, to support a reform movement, or to refute dissent.
Three case studies will offer insights into these processes: 1) shire courts and the ‘standardised’ lexis of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the reign of King Alfred and Edward the Elder; 2) chancery norms and charters of the eleventh century; and 3) religious reform and linguistic focusing in the thirteenth century.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Event End Date:24 November 2019
Deposited On:02 Dec 2019 10:49
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:23
Additional Information:Plenary lecture
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:http://wa.amu.edu.pl/hel-p2019/index.html (Organisation)

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