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An introduction to Early Modern English, this book helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period Terttu Nevalainen. Reviews of books This interdisciplinary study is an exemplary collection of high quality essays, each of which makes a very valuable contribution not only to . Terttu Nevalainen, An Introduction to Early Modern English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. $

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This chapter explicitly assumes a basic knowledge of speech sounds and their repre- sentation see Reflecting its cultural dominance at the time, Latin was indeed the primary source of borrowed lexis in EModE Durkin,pp. Skip to main content. If vocabulary growth did not directly affect all English speakers in the EModE era, changes in pronunciation and grammar did. As a result, several often competing methods of vocabulary expansion were adopted, including both borrowing and coinages based on native word formation processes Nevalainen,pp.

The authors note that their results represent only approximate values because of the difficulties involved in automatic processing of spelling variants. Together they provide a real sense of the variety of genres and dialects of the period, how they changed within it and the attitudes and circumstances of Early Modern contemporaries.

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Early Modern English texts. However, it is noteworthy englksh all these features represent processes that do not have exact beginning and end points. Unlike pronunciation, grammar change can be observed in most genres and registers, from formal kinds of writing such as statutes to informal kinds such as comedy. Aseel marked it as to-read Apr 04, Textbooks books on the history of the English language can be evaluated in both academic and pedagogical terms.

An Introduction to Early Modern English, helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period in its historical context as a language with a common core but also one which entlish across time, regionally and socially, wnglish according to register.


The most dramatic changes took place in stressed syllables, as long vowels were redistributed in a series of processes which resulted in what is known as the Great Vowel Shift GVS. The case contrast between the subject form ye and object form you was also lost, and you began to be used in both functions.

In sum, this book has much to recommend it. Word order patterns in Early Modern English. It is noteworthy that the Great Vowel Shift was not completed in the northern dialects, where it affected the front vowels but not all back vowels. English was felt to lack the prestige of Latin or French as a language of learning and literature. Similarly, the first two chapters describing structural aspects of English focus on words — the most accessible linguistic area for students Chapter 4 deals with the Old English core of the vocabulary and with borrowing, whilst Chapter 5 deals with word-formation and semantic change.

These various approaches provide different answers to the question of how long a time span the EModE period covers. At the height of its popularity, it was common in both emphatic and nonemphatic uses and in formal and informal contexts, as in 13 and 14while today it is used systematically only for emphasis and contrast in this sentence type. The book is structured with pedagogical considerations in mind. Jess rated it liked it Aug 27, This general dialect then becomes the point of focus for the structural descriptions that follow in the book.

Lexical innovations reflect the ongoing processes of modernization and vernacularization in the EModE period.

Coote promoted, for example, spellings such as seem and seen instead of seme and seneproposed by Mulcaster Decline of multiple negation in simple and co-ordinate constructions CEEC. Thou and you in Early Modern English dialogues: Based on dialogues ranging from court proceedings to comedy, Walker draws the conclusion that social superiors could address their inferiors with thou but inferiors replied to them with you.

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Most of the loans he used come from the classical languages, and include a number of words that are still current, such as encyclopediafrugalitymetamorphosismodestyand persist Barber,p. Referring to cultural and political landmarks, the six-part Cambridge History of the English Language begins the period atwhen the printing press was introduced to England, and ends it at the American Declaration of Independence in Lass, We need to know about the historical context eqrly the language — the tetttu in which it varies according to region, social group, use and so on.

The subject—verb—object order, with the verb following the subject, was established as the basic word-order type in EModE declarative sentences. Alaa Siriano is currently reading it Nov 22, Abbott specifies his focus in the subtitle of his movern A history of Modern Colloquial English.

Terttu Nevalainen is a leading scholar in Early Modern English and a pioneer in the field of historical sociolinguistics. Borrowing often resulted in native and borrowed lexemes co-occurring in the same lexical sets. Open Preview See a Problem? Multiple negation occurred in the writings of educated and uneducated people alike.