Some twenty years ago it was widely believed that nothing much happened to the English language since the beginning of the eighteenth century. Recent research has shown that this is far from true, and this book offers an introduction to a period that forms the tail end of the standardisation process (codification and prescription), during which important social changes such as the Industrial Revolution are reflected in the language. Late Modern English is currently receiving a lot of scholarly attention, mainly as a result of new developments in sociohistorical linguistics and corpus linguistics. By drawing on such research the present book offers a much fuller account of the language of the period than was previously possible. It is designed for students and beginning scholars interested in Late Modern English.
The volume includes: *A basis in recent research by which sociolinguistic models are applied to earlier stages of the language (1700-1900) *A focus on people as speakers (wherever possible) and writers of English *Research questions aimed at acquiring skills at working with important electronic research tools such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) *Reference to electronically available texts and databases such as Martha Ballard's diary, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey and Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management.
An Introduction to Late Modern English is available in North America from Columbia University Press.