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LINGUIST List 24.2588

Tue Jun 25 2013

Books: (Extra)Ordinary letters: Nobels

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Jun-2013
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: (Extra)Ordinary letters: Nobels
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Title: (Extra)Ordinary letters
Subtitle: A view from below on seventeenth-century Dutch
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl/index3.html

Author: Judith Nobels

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931116 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 23.69


In the National Archives in Kew, London, a treasure is kept which is of great
importance for the linguistic history of the Dutch language: a collection of
seventeenth-century letters written by men and women from various social
backgrounds. Given the fact that much of the linguistic research of
seventeenth-century Dutch has been perforce based on printed texts and
linguistic data produced by a relatively small number of upper-class – usually
male – writers, not much is known with certainty about the everyday Dutch of
seventeenth-century lower- and middle-class people. The letters hidden in the
National Archives can change this.

In this dissertation, a corpus of 595 seventeenth-century letters written
between 1664 and 1672 is examined from a sociolinguistic perspective. Since it
is the first time that these letters are investigated on such a large scale,
several topics are treated: forms of address, reflexivity and reciprocity,
negation, schwa-apocope, diminutives, and the genitive and alternative
constructions. The case studies show that there was still a lot of variation
in seventeenth-century Dutch and that some linguistic changes had not
progressed as far in the everyday Dutch of ‘ordinary’ people as previous
research has suggested. Furthermore, it is shown that gender and social class
are important factors of influence on the seventeenth-century language use,
especially when they are interpreted in terms of education and writing

This dissertation is of interest to sociohistorical linguists in general, to
linguists interested in the language history “from below” and to linguists
interested in seventeenth-century Dutch.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press http://us.cambridge.org

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Akademie Verlag GmbH http://www.oldenbourg-verlag.de/akademie-verlag
Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics) http://www.bloomsbury.com
Brill http://www.brill.nl
Cambridge Scholars Publishing http://www.c-s-p.org
Cascadilla Press http://www.cascadilla.com/
Classiques Garnier http://www.classiques-garnier.com/
De Gruyter Mouton http://www.degruyter.com/
Edinburgh University Press http://www.euppublishing.com
Elsevier Ltd http://www.elsevier.com/
Equinox Publishing Ltd http://www.equinoxpub.com/
European Language Resources Association (ELRA) http://www.elra.info/
Georgetown University Press http://www.press.georgetown.edu/
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom-shop.eu/
MIT Press http://mitpress.mit.edu/
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG http://www.narr.de/
Oxford University Press http://www.oup.com/us
Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com/
Peter Lang AG http://www.peterlang.com/
Rodopi http://www.rodopi.nl/
Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/
Springer http://www.springer.com/
University of Toronto Press http://www.utpjournals.com/
Wiley-Blackwell http://www.wiley.com/

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Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics http://www.fl.ul.pt/revistas/JPL/JPLweb.htm
International Pragmatics Assoc. http://ipra.ua.ac.be/
Linguistic Association of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
Morgan & Claypool Publishers http://www.morganclaypool.com/
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT) http://www.lotpublications.nl/
Seoul National University http://j-cs.org/index/index.php
SIL International Publications http://www.sil.org/resources/publications
Universitat Jaume I http://www.uji.es/CA/publ/
University of Nebraska Press http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/
Utrecht institute of Linguistics http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

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