The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics by Juan Manuel Hernandez-Campoy, Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre PDF

By Juan Manuel Hernandez-Campoy, Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre

Written by means of a world group of major students, this groundbreaking reference paintings explores the character of language swap and diffusion, and paves the way in which for destiny examine during this quickly increasing interdisciplinary field.

• good points 35 newly-written essays from the world over acclaimed specialists that replicate the expansion and power of the burgeoning zone of historic sociolinguistics

• Examines how sociolinguistic theoretical types, equipment, findings, and services can be utilized to reconstruct a language's previous that allows you to clarify linguistic alterations and developments

• Bridges the space among the prior and the current in linguistic studies

• based thematically into sections exploring: origins and theoretical assumptions; equipment for the sociolinguistic learn of the historical past of languages; linguistic and extra-linguistic variables; old dialectology, language touch and diffusion; and attitudes to language

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Despite the centrality of variationism to the development of historical sociolinguistics, the field is currently extended to cater for other aspects of language development, often involving macrosociolinguistic issues derived from language contact and multilingualism, standardization and language attitudes, among others, which this handbook also intends to cover. nl/hsl_shl), launched in 2000 by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade at the University of Leiden, will familiarize the lay reader with the variety of topics commonly encompassed within the field.

But in spite of the widespread early twentieth century attention to synchrony, most of the synchronic descriptions were inadequate. They were lacking in coverage in ways that impoverished both synchronic and diachronic studies. The omissions were of two main kinds. First, many synchronic linguists tried to ignore stylistic variation, even though it must have been obvious that any normal speaker could vary the speed and formality of their pronunciation, syntax, and vocabulary, depending on whether s/he was addressing an employer or stranger on the one hand, or friends and family members on the other.

In short, Chen and Wang emphasized the need to examine the word-by-word behavior of any change, in a process they labeled lexical diffusion (Chen and Wang 1975, summarized in Aitchison 2001) – though Labov has argued that not all changes behave in this fashion (Labov 1994). Grammaticalization is a further topic that has important implications for the diachrony/synchrony relationship. The older term grammaticization was originally coined by the French linguist Antoine Meillet, and was defined by him as “the attribution of a grammatical character to a previously autonomous word” (Meillet 1912/1948: 131).

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