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Standardizing Written English : Diffusion in the Case of Scotland, 1520-1659 - Amy J. Devitt

Standardizing Written English

Diffusion in the Case of Scotland, 1520-1659

Hardcover Published: 24th November 1989
ISBN: 9780521364461
Number Of Pages: 136

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Professor Devitt offers a new view of the linguistic process of standardization, the movement of specific language features towards uniformity. Drawing on theoretical arguments and empirical data, she examines the way in which linguistic conformity develops out of variation, and the textual and social factors that influence this process. After defining and clarifying the general theoretical issues involved, the author takes as a specific case study the standardization of written English in Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and shows that standardization is a gradual process, that it occurs at significantly different rates and times in different genres, that it encompasses periods of great variation, and that it occurs concurrently with sociopolitical shifts. The interrelationship of linguistic features, genres, and social pressures shape the nature and direction of standardization.

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"This is a thorough and rigorous study, marked by a painstaking exposition of data...[Devitt's] solid investigation deserves the attention of language historians and sociolinguists alike." Language

List of figures
List of tables
Linguistic standardization and Scots-English
The linguistic diffusion of five variables
Anglicization and theories of language change
(Con)Textual variables and anglicization
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ISBN: 9780521364461
ISBN-10: 0521364469
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 24th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.37

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