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Title: The Language of Queen Elizabeth I
Subtitle: A Sociolinguist Perspective on Royal Style and Identity
Written By: Mel Evans
URL: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118672879.html
Series Title: Publications of the Philological Society
Description:

The Language of Queen Elizabeth I presents one of the first diachronic accounts of the language – the idiolect – of the Tudor monarch who ruled England and Ireland from 1558-1603.

Using principles of variationist sociolinguistics, author Mel Evans identifies and interprets the relationship between Elizabeth’s changing language use and her social experiences as princess and queen. This examination of a number of the monarch’s letters, speeches, and translations suggests that Elizabeth I was a leader of language innovation and change, using it to build her complex social identity as a female monarch in a masculine position of power. The work establishes Elizabeth I’s participation in ten morpho-syntactic changes and explores her spelling practice.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1118672879
ISBN-13: 9781118672877
Pages: 266
Prices: U.S. $ 39.95