By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland
Sociolinguistics from the Periphery "presents a fascinating book about change: shifting political, economic and cultural conditions; ephemeral, sometimes even seasonal, multilingualism; and altered imaginaries for minority and indigenous languages and their users."
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.