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The Social History of Language : Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture - Peter Burke

The Social History of Language

Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture

By: Ruth Finnegan, Peter Burke (Editor), Roy Porter (Editor)

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Published: 21st December 1987
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In the last few years, social historians have discovered what might be called the 'linguistic dimension' of their discipline, just as sociolinguists have been discovering the 'historical dimension' and historians of language the 'social dimension'. They have become interested in language both as a source for social history and also as a historical phenomenon in its own right. This volume of essays brings together some of this recent work by social historians of Britain, France and Italy from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The authors concern themselves with the politics as well as the sociology of language; with dialect as well as standard languages; with writing as well as speech; with the language of women as well as that of men; with the language of politeness and the language of insult; the language of deference and the language of revolt; the language of sub-cultures and counter-cultures as well as those of the elites and 'the people'.

List of illustrations
Introduction
The uses of literacy in early modern Italy
Proverbs and social history
The language of quackery in England, 1660-1800
Verbal insults in eighteenth-century Paris
Le langage mGle de la vertu: women and the discourse of the French Revolution
Words and institutions during the French Revolution: the case of 'revolutionary' scientific and technical education
The sociology of a text: oral culture, literacy and print in early New Zealand
The historian and the Questione della
Bibliographical essay
Index
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ISBN: 9780521317634
ISBN-10: 0521317630
Series: Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 21st December 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.35