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Sociolinguistic Variation in Old English : Records of Communities and People


Timofeeva, Olga (2022). Sociolinguistic Variation in Old English : Records of Communities and People. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing.

Abstract

This is the first extensive study of Old English to utilise the insights and methodologies of sociolinguistics. Building on previous philological and historical work, it takes into account the sociology and social dialectology of Old English and offers a description of its speech communities informed by the theory of social networks and communities of practice. Specifically, this book uses data from historical narratives and legal documents and examines the interplay of linguistic innovation, variation, and change with such sociolinguistic parameters as region, scribal office, gender, and social status. Special attention is given to the processes of supralocalisation and their correlation with periods of political centralisation in the history of Anglo-Saxon England.

Abstract

This is the first extensive study of Old English to utilise the insights and methodologies of sociolinguistics. Building on previous philological and historical work, it takes into account the sociology and social dialectology of Old English and offers a description of its speech communities informed by the theory of social networks and communities of practice. Specifically, this book uses data from historical narratives and legal documents and examines the interplay of linguistic innovation, variation, and change with such sociolinguistic parameters as region, scribal office, gender, and social status. Special attention is given to the processes of supralocalisation and their correlation with periods of political centralisation in the history of Anglo-Saxon England.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > History
Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Language:English
Date:July 2022
Deposited On:28 Nov 2022 07:16
Last Modified:31 Mar 2023 07:04
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
Series Name:Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics
Volume:13
Number of Pages:204
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/ahs.13
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/catalog/ahs.13 (Publisher)
https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/1d8t6qj/alma991171020650705501 (Library Catalogue)
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