LINGUIST List 32.758

Mon Mar 01 2021

Books: Records of Real People: Stenroos, Thengs (eds.)

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Date: 05-Feb-2021
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Subject: Records of Real People: Stenroos, Thengs (eds.)
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Title: Records of Real People
Subtitle: Linguistic variation in Middle English local documents
Series Title: Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics 11
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Merja Stenroos
Editor: Kjetil V. Thengs
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207951 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207951 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207951 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94

English local documents – leases, wills, accounts, letters and the like – provide a unique resource for historical sociolinguistics. Abundant from the early fifteenth century, they represent the language and concerns of people from a wide range of social, institutional and geographical backgrounds. However, as relatively few documents have been available digitally or in print, they have been an underresearched resource.

This volume shows the tremendous potential of late- and post-medieval English local documents: highly variable in language, often colourful, including developing formulae as well as glimpses of actual recorded speech. The volume contains eleven chapters relating to a new resource, "A Corpus of Middle English Local Documents" (MELD). The first four chapters outline a theoretical and methodological approach to the study of local documents. The remaining seven present studies of different aspects of the material, including supralocalization, local patterns of spelling and morphology, land terminology, punctuation, formulaicness and multilingualism.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English, Middle (enm)

Written In: English (eng)

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