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Title: Language and Letters of the Bluestocking Network
Subtitle: Sociolinguistic Issues in Eighteenth-Century Epistolary English
Written By: Anni Sairio
Series Title: Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXXV

The Bluestocking circle in eighteenth-century England was a social network
which provided learned men and women with an informal environment for the
pursuit of scholarly entertainment. Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), a
notable social hostess and a Shakespearean scholar, was one of their key
figures. This volume presents linguistic research on forty years' worth of
correspondence between Montagu and her Bluestocking friends and family
members, and insights into language change and variation at an historical
micro level. This epistolary language use is investigated using the methods
and frameworks of corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, and
social network analysis. The studies range from the reconstruction and
analysis of Elizabeth Montagu's most prominent social networks to the
analysis of changing morphosyntactic features and spelling variation in
Montagu's correspondence with her network members. The linguistic studies
look at the use of the progressive construction, preposition stranding and
pied piping, and full and contracted verb forms in eighteenth-century
epistolary English. The results of these studies are analysed in terms of
social network membership, sociolinguistic variables of the correspondents,
and, when relevant, aspects of eighteenth-century linguistic prescriptivism.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Modern Language Society
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789519040318
Pages: 368
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