Language change across a lifetime: A historical micro-perspective

Autor(en): Bergs, Alexander 
Stichwörter: ENGLISH; historical sociolinguistics; individual speakers; Language & Linguistics; language change; Linguistics; middle English; PASTON
Erscheinungsdatum: 2021
Herausgeber: WALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH
Journal: LINGUISTICS VANGUARD
Volumen: 7
Ausgabe: 2
Zusammenfassung: 
This paper focuses on the micro-analysis of historical data, which allows us to investigate language use across the lifetime of individual speakers. Certain concepts, such as social network analysis or communities of practice, put individual speakers and their social embeddedness and dynamicity at the center of attention. This means that intra-speaker variation can be described and analyzed in quite some detail in certain historical data sets. The paper presents some exemplary empirical analyses of the diachronic linguistic behavior of individual speakers/writers in fifteenth to seventeenth century England. It discusses the social factors that influence this behavior, with an emphasis on the methodological and theoretical challenges and opportunities when investigating intra-speaker variation and change.
ISSN: 2199174X
DOI: 10.1515/lingvan-2020-0029

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