New perspectives, theories and methods: historical sociolinguistics

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Abstract

Over the last thirty years, historical sociolinguistics has grown into a cross-disciplinary enterprise, combining historical linguistics with a versatile socio-linguistic research agenda. Methodologically, historical sociolinguistic work has significantly benefited from recent advances in corpus linguistics. This chapter outlines the various ways in which the study of the history of English is informed by expanding sociolinguistic research interests. Four major sociolinguistic paradigms have been applied to historical research: the sociology of language, social dialectology, interactional sociolinguistics, and the ethnography of communication. The discussion ranges from macro-level sociological and variationist approaches to micro-level interactional and sociopragmatic research foci, covering topics from medieval multilingualism and modeling the evolution of World Englishes, dialect contact and standardization, to work on language and gender, social networks, and interaction. These different orientations often complement each other in useful ways, as suggested, e.g., by Nevalainen and Raumolin-Brunberg (2003), Tieken-Boon van Ostade (2005), and Palander-Collin et al. (2009).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish Historical Linguistics: An International Handbook
EditorsAlexander Bergs, Laurel J. Brinton
Number of pages20
Volume34: 2
Place of PublicationBerlin & Boston
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Publication date2012
Pages1438-1457
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-020265-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-025160-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameHandbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number2
Volume34
ISSN (Print)1861-5090

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • historical sociolinguistic

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Nevalainen, T. (2012). New perspectives, theories and methods: historical sociolinguistics. In A. Bergs, & L. J. Brinton (Eds.), English Historical Linguistics: An International Handbook (Vol. 34: 2, pp. 1438-1457). (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft; Vol. 34, No. 2). Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110251609.1438
Nevalainen, Terttu. / New perspectives, theories and methods: historical sociolinguistics. English Historical Linguistics: An International Handbook. editor / Alexander Bergs ; Laurel J. Brinton. Vol. 34: 2 Berlin & Boston : De Gruyter Mouton, 2012. pp. 1438-1457 (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft; 2).
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Nevalainen, T 2012, New perspectives, theories and methods: historical sociolinguistics. in A Bergs & LJ Brinton (eds), English Historical Linguistics: An International Handbook. vol. 34: 2, Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, no. 2, vol. 34, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin & Boston, pp. 1438-1457. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110251609.1438

New perspectives, theories and methods: historical sociolinguistics. / Nevalainen, Terttu.

English Historical Linguistics: An International Handbook. ed. / Alexander Bergs; Laurel J. Brinton. Vol. 34: 2 Berlin & Boston : De Gruyter Mouton, 2012. p. 1438-1457 (Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft; Vol. 34, No. 2).

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