The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
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.