Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts
This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."
The Language of Queen Elizabeth I
A Sociolinguist Perspective on Royal Style and Identity
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.