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  1. paul, Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus

Message 1: Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus

Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 15:12:56 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus

Title: Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus
Subtitle: Morpho-syntactic variability of second person pronouns
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 106
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Ulrich Busse, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588112802, Pages: xiv, 344 pp., Price: USD 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253463, Pages: xiv, 344 pp., Price: EUR 88.00

This study investigates the morpho-syntactic variability of the second
person pronouns in the Shakespeare Corpus, seeking to elucidate the
factors that underlie their choice. The major part of the work is
devoted to analyzing the variation between you and thou, but it also
includes chapters that deal with the variation between thy and thine
and between ye and you. Methodologically, the study makes use of
descriptive statistics, but incorporates both quantitative and
qualitative features, drawing in particular on research methods
recently developed within the fields of corpus linguistics,
socio-historical linguistics and historical pragmatics. By making
comparisons to other corpora on Early Modern English the work does not
only contribute to Shakespeare studies, but on a broader scale also to
language change by providing new and more detailed insights into the
mechanisms that have led to a restructuring of the pronoun paradigm in
the Early Modern period.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi-xii 
General introduction 1-13
Previous research on the use of personal pronouns in Early Modern
 English with special reference to Shakespeare's plays 15-36
Thou and you: A quantitative analysis 37-61 
The distribution of thou and you and their variants in verse and prose
"A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted / Hast thou, the master
 mistress of my passion": Address pronouns in Shakespeare's Sonnets and
 other Elizabethan poetry 83-98
"You beastly knave, know you no reverence?": The co-occurrence of
 second person pronouns and nominal forms of address 99-186
"Prithee no more" vs. "Pray you, chuck, come hither": Prithee and pray
 you as discourse markers 187-212
The role of grammar in the selection of thou or you 213-221
"In thine own person answer thy abuse": The use of thy vs. thine
"Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye": The syntactic,
 pragmatic and social implications of the pronoun ye 249-279
Summary and conclusion 281-290
Appendix: Mitchell's Corpus of British
Drama (1580-1780) 291-293 
Notes 295-308
References 309-329 
Name index 331 
Subject index 333

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