The Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800) is an important state-of-the art account of historical sociolinguistic and socio-pragmatic research. The volume contains nine studies and an introductory essay which discuss linguistic and social variation and change over four centuries. Each study tackles a linguistic or social phenomenon, and approaches it with a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, always embedded in the socio-historical context. The volume presents new information on linguistic variation and change, while evaluating and developing the relevant theoretical and methodological tools. The writers form one of the leading research teams in the field, and, as compilers of the Corpus of Early English Correspondence, have an informed understanding of the data in all its depth. This volume will be of interest to scholars in historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and socio-pragmatics, but also e.g. social history. The approachable style of writing makes it also inviting for advanced students.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. The language of daily life in the history of English: Studying how macro meets micro (by Palander-Collin, Minna); 3. Section 1. Variation and social relations; 4. Negotiating interpersonal identities in writing: Code-switching practices in Charles Burney's correspondence (by Pahta, Paivi); 5. Patterns of interaction: Self-mention and addressee inclusion in letters of Nathaniel Bacon and his correspondents (by Palander-Collin, Minna); 6. Referential terms and expressions in eighteenth-century letters: A case study on the Lunar men of Birmingham (by Nevala, Minna); 7. Section 2. Methodological considerations in the study of change; 8. Methodological and practical aspects of historical network analysis: A case study of the Bluestocking letters (by Sairio, Anni); 9. Grasshoppers and blind beetles: Caregiver language in Early Modern English correspondence (by Nevalainen, Terttu); 10. Lifespan changes in the language of three early modern gentlemen (by Raumolin-Brunberg, Helena); 11. Section 3. Sociohistorical context; 12. Singular YOU WAS/WERE variation and English normative grammars in the eighteenth century (by Laitinen, Mikko); 13. Encountering and appropriating the Other: East India Company merchants and foreign terminology (by Kaislaniemi, Samuli); 14. Everyday possessions: Family and identity in the correspondence of John Paston II (by Juvonen, Teo); 15. Appendix: Editions in the Corpora of Early English Correspondence; 16. Name index; 17. Subject index