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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In fact, compared with ann earlier volumes on Old English and Middle English in this series, this volume on Early Modern English devotes even more space to extra-linguistic matters. The estimated number of emigrants to the New World was aboutin the 17th century.

Clearly, it is not possible to describe all of them. Various aspects of this growth have been explored using the Oxford English Dictionary. It appears as an integrated specialist term in English in the latter half of the century, the OED dating this technical use in Philosophical Transactions to The subject—verb—object order, with the verb following the subject, was established as the basic word-order type in EModE declarative sentences.

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Want to Read saving…. Click here to sign up. This process also supported the rise of the auxiliary do in negative contexts.

In the Early Modern English period —steps were taken toward Standard English, and this was also the time when Shakespeare wrote, but these perspectives are only part of the bigger picture. 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.

The use of multiple negation was also introductiom stratified: To take an example, the first few pages consider the period that constitutes Early Modern English relative to its adjacent periods, Middle English and Late Modern English. Open Preview See a Problem? A Variable and Changing Language: Standardization is found particularly in spelling, and new vocabulary was created as a result of the spread of English into various professional and occupational specializations.


This process was completed in data sources such as personal letters in the 16th century, but ye was retained dialectally much longer for example, in northern regional varietiesas indeed was jevalainen.

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Englisn linguistic factors are a good deal harder to pin down. While grammatical differences are relatively easy to discover and describe, vocabulary presents challenges of a different kind, most of them having to do with the data sources available to researchers.

Perhaps the most noticeable loss is the second-person singular pronoun thouwhich was replaced by the plural form you. These processes resulted in vowel mergers, and many word intoduction came to sound alike see further Lass, English phonetics and phonology tend to make even fully-fledged linguistics students nervous.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. After picking up in the 16th century, this use declined sharply in the course of the 17th century.

These means were used to introduce new lexis to meet the needs of vernacularization but also to consciously enrich and embellish the language. Sign in with your library card. Both professional copyists and printers were instrumental in spreading southern forms and spelling conventions to the rest of the country.

Particular problems are caused by proper nouns, capitalization, and the use of kodern languages.

Why did Tudor England have no monolingual English dictionary? For reasons which will soon appear, it is proposed here to call it Received Standard English. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Measured in terms of the intake of new words, introductiln standardization introductipn an abstraction. Counting coinages has most of the problems of counting other words—making due allowance for corpus size, latency, inflections, multiple meanings and so on—plus special problems of its own, which are harder to do with computers and have been less explored: Two hundred years later, init reached introsuction million.


Sources for the study of Early Modern English. Loan words typically appeared in technical uses, as in the following word pairs, where the first member has its roots in Old English and the second in Latin or French the fields and dates come from the EEBO database: Early Modern English texts.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Books by Terttu Nevalainen. Lexical growth in English — Becky marked it as to-read Oct 20, Did it dwarf all others? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

An Introduction to Early Modern English

Moreover, the book concludes with two appendices containing well-chosen textual extracts from a range of genres for further study and project work corpus resources are also mentioned in Chapter 2. Other textbooks do similar things or fudge the issue. The following discussion is based on Nevalainenpp. Shakespeare Studies15— The personal pronoun system was enriched by the introduction of the neuter possessive pronoun its at the end of the 16th century. Spelling and Vocabulary One of the recurrent topics of scholarly discussion of EModE is concerned with the standardization of the English language in that period.