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Sat Jun 13 2009

Books: Socioling/Historical Ling/Ling Theories: Romaine

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Message 1: Socio-Historical Linguistics: Romaine
Date: 12-Jun-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Socio-Historical Linguistics: Romaine
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Title: Socio-Historical Linguistics
Subtitle: Its Status and Methodology
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 34
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Suzanne Romaine
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521112338 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521112338 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Abstract:

Synchronic sociolinguistics has been particularly convincing in its use of
quantitative models to demonstrates how 'the present might explain the
past'. However, the relevance of sociolinguistics to historical linguistics
'using the past to explain the present', has been largely ignored. In this
volume Dr. Romaine lays the foundation for a field of research encompassing
both historical linguistics and sociolinguistics, which aims to investigate
and account for language variation within a particular speech community
over time. The socio-historical approach is illustrated here by a detailed
analysis of the development of relative clause formation strategies in
Middle Scots. This case study raises fundamental questions about the
epistemological status of sociolinguistic theory and in particular its
claims to an empirical foundation. Her own preliminary suggestions for a
truly integrative sociolinguistic theory will be of interest to
sociolinguists, historical linguists and general linguists.

Preface;
1. Methodology and aims;
2. Methods for a sociolinguistic study of historical syntax;
3. The history of the relative clause/markers in English with special
reference to Middle Scots;
4. The linguistic variable;
5. The extralinguistic variables: methods for the reconstruction of
language in its social context;
6. Analysis of the data by two sociolinguistic techniques: Cross-product
analysis and implicational scaling;
7. Variable rule analysis of the data;
8. The bearing of sociolinguistic data on linguistic hypotheses;
9. On the epistemological status of sociolinguistic theory;
Bibliography;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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