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By Terrtu Nevalainen

An advent to Early glossy English, this e-book is helping scholars of English and linguistics to put the language of the interval 1500-1700 in its old context as a language with a standard center but additionally as one that varies throughout time, domestically and socially, and in keeping with check in. the quantity specializes in the constitution of what contemporaries referred to as the overall Dialect - its spelling, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation - and on its dialectal origins. The publication additionally discusses the language scenario and linguistic anxieties in England at a time while Latin exerted a powerful impression at the emerging general language. the amount contains: *The significant adjustments in English from the fifteenth to the 18th century *Emphasis on long term linguistic advancements *Sources for the learn of Early sleek English *Illustrations starting from drama and private letters to trials and early technology *Exercises encouraging additional exploration of the altering English language.

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The traditional genre of letter-writing also influenced new non-literary genres. They include newspapers, which owe a great deal to other contemporary news media, particularly to chronicles, newsbooks and pamphlets. However, it was newsletters commissioned by eminent individuals that probably contributed most to the genre both in England and on the Continent. The first official English newspaper, The London Gazette, started to appear in the 1660s. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries domestic news passed by word of mouth or private letter more quickly than it could be printed.

This was taken for granted, for instance, by Edward Phillips, the compiler of The New World of English Words (1658). ’ The only thing he thought needed mentioning was his use of to render both Latin <æ> and <œ>, as in for and for . In contrast to orthography, as we saw in Chapter 2, the codification of English grammar only gained momentum in the eighteenth century. But the ideology of standardisation itself goes back to the preceding centuries.

Corpora consisting of many genres such as the Helsinki Corpus provide information on usage-based differences in language variation and change. This information can be supplemented by corpora that enable the study of user-based variation. One such resource, compiled for the study of Early Modern English in its social context, is the Corpus of Early English Correspondence (CEEC; see Nevalainen and Raumolin-Brunberg 2003, Nurmi 1999). The ICAME and the OTA distribute a sampler version of this corpus (CEECS).

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