LINGUIST List 20.3171

Sat Sep 19 2009

Books: Text&Corpus Ling/Socioling/Syntax/Morphology: Sairio

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        1.    Marianna Hintikka, Language and Letters of the Bluestocking Network: Sairio

Message 1: Language and Letters of the Bluestocking Network: Sairio
Date: 17-Sep-2009
From: Marianna Hintikka <>
Subject: Language and Letters of the Bluestocking Network: Sairio
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Title: Language and Letters of the Bluestocking Network Subtitle: Sociolinguistic Issues in Eighteenth-Century Epistolary English Series Title: Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXXV Published: 2009 Publisher: Modern Language Society

Author: Anni Sairio Paperback: ISBN: 9789519040318 Pages: 368 Price: Europe EURO 45.00

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

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology                             Sociolinguistics                             Syntax                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng )

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