Norms and usage in seventeenth-century English

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Abstract

In the course of the seventeenth century English spelling became largely fixed in print, and technical and borrowed lexis continued to be codified in dictionaries. Although proposals for ‘improving’ the English language appeared towards the end of the century, contemporary grammar books did not prescribe usage. This chapter discusses these diverse processes, relating them to their advocates and comparing emergent norms with the information that we have on the changing patterns of actual usage. The chapter draws on the framework of language policy proposed by Spolsky (2012) in distinguishing between actual usage, language attitudes and language management. It illustrates how usage can give rise to value-laden norms, which may be imposed on language users through various channels and with varying success.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900 : A Sociolinguistic and Comparative Perspective.
EditorsGijsbert Rutten, Rik Vosters , Wim Vandenbussche
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication dateDec 2014
Pages103–128
ISBN (Print)9789027200822
ISBN (Electronic)9789027268792
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameAdvances in Historical Sociolinguistics
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Volume3
ISSN (Print)2214-1057

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Nevalainen, T. (2014). Norms and usage in seventeenth-century English. In G. Rutten, R. Vosters , & W. Vandenbussche (Eds.), Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900: A Sociolinguistic and Comparative Perspective. (pp. 103–128). (Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics; Vol. 3). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/ahs.3.05nev
Nevalainen, Terttu. / Norms and usage in seventeenth-century English. Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900: A Sociolinguistic and Comparative Perspective.. editor / Gijsbert Rutten ; Rik Vosters ; Wim Vandenbussche. Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. pp. 103–128 (Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics).
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Nevalainen, T 2014, Norms and usage in seventeenth-century English. in G Rutten, R Vosters & W Vandenbussche (eds), Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900: A Sociolinguistic and Comparative Perspective.. Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, vol. 3, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 103–128. https://doi.org/10.1075/ahs.3.05nev

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Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900: A Sociolinguistic and Comparative Perspective.. ed. / Gijsbert Rutten; Rik Vosters ; Wim Vandenbussche. Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. p. 103–128 (Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics; Vol. 3).

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Nevalainen T. Norms and usage in seventeenth-century English. In Rutten G, Vosters R, Vandenbussche W, editors, Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900: A Sociolinguistic and Comparative Perspective.. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2014. p. 103–128. (Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics). https://doi.org/10.1075/ahs.3.05nev