This volume and its companion one (English Historical Syntax and Morphology, CILT 223) offer a selection of papers from the Eleventh International Conference on English Historical Linguistics held at the University of Santiago de Compostela. From the rich programme (over 130 papers were given during the conference), the present thirteen papers were carefully selected to reflect the state of current research in the field of English historical linguistics. The areas represented in the volume are lexis and semantics, text-types, historical sociolinguistics and dialectology, and phonology. Many of the articles tackle questions of change and linguistic periodization through the use of methodological tools like corpora, linguistic atlases, thesauri and historical dictionaries. The theoretical frameworks adopted include, among others, multi-dimensional analysis, systemic-functional grammar, Communication Accommodation Theory, historical discourse analysis and Optimality Theory.
1. Addresses; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Introduction (by Fanego, Teresa); 4. Linguistic accommodation: The correspondence between Samuel Johnson and Hester Lynch Thrale (by Bax, Randy C.); 5. Style evolution in the English sermon (by Claridge, Claudia); 6. Lexical bundles in Early Modern English dialogues: A window into the speech-related language of the past (by Culpeper, Jonathan); 7. Changing documentation in the Third Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary: Sixteenth-century vocabulary as a test case (by Durkin, Philip); 8. A linguistic history of advertising, 1700-1890 (by Gorlach, Manfred); 9. Ebb and flow: A cautionary tale of language change (by Hickey, Raymond); 10. Wreak, wrack, rack, and (w)ruin: The history of some confused spellings (by Kay, Christian); 11. When did English begin? (by Lutz, Angelika); 12. What 's afoot with word-final C?: Metrical coherence and the history of English (by McCully, Chris B.); 13. Dan Michel: Fossil or innovator? (by Scahill, John); 14. Historical discourse analysis: Scientific language and changing thought-styles (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 15. Key issues in English etymology (by Vennemann, Theo); 16. The dialectology of 'English' north of the Humber, c.1380-1500 (by Williamson, Keith); 17. Name index; 18. Subject index