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Title: Syntax, Style and Grammatical Norms
Subtitle: English from 1500-2000
Edited By: Christiane Dalton-Puffer
Nikolaus Ritt
Herbert Schendl
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 39

The volume features a selection of new work presented at the 2004 meeting
of the International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL).
Main conference themes reflected in this volume are: the maturation and
broadening of historical corpus linguistics, a new interest in English for
Specific Purposes as a diachronic phenomenon, and the role of grammar
writing in the process of change. A further thematic strand of this book is
significance of functional aspects in the development of grammar and
discourse, especially in domains beyond phonology and morphology. Several
contributions focus on the operation of socio-pragmatic and functional
factors in historically identifiable social networks, especially in the 18th
century. Apart from that there is also a strong emphasis on developments in
the 19th and 20th centuries.


Minoji Akimoto: On the Decline of after and forth in Verb Phrases
- Anita Auer: Precept and Practice: The Influence of Prescriptivism on the
English Subjunctive
- Joan C. Beal/Anthony P. Grant: "Make do and mend": An Online
Investigation into Processes of Neologisation and the Dearth of Borrowing in
Newer English Wartime Vocabulary
- Claudia Claridge: 'With the most superlative felicitee': Functions of the
Superlative in 19th-Century English
- Thomas Egan: Pronominal and Full Nominal Subjects in Expanding
- Larisa Oldireva Gustafsson: Irregular Verbs in 17th- and 18th-Century
English Grammars: A Maze of Classifications
- Minna Palander-Collin/Minna Nevala: Reporting in 18th-Century Letters of
Hester Piozzi
- Günter Rohdenburg: The Role of Functional Constraints in the Evolution of
the English Complementation System
- Anni Sairio: Progressives in the Letters of Elizabeth Montagu and her Circle
in 1738-1778
- Elena Seoane: Changing Styles: On the Recent Evolution of Scientific
British and American English
- Stefan Thim: Phrasal Verbs in Late Middle and Early Modern English:
Combinations with back, down, forth, out, and up
- Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade: "Disrespectful and too familiar?"
Abbreviations as an Index of Politeness in 18th-Century Letters.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039111817
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 250
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