Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus

Morpho-syntactic variability of second person pronouns

Ulrich Busse | Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
ISBN 9789027253460 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781588112804 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027296191 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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This study investigates the morpho-syntactic variability of the second person pronouns in the Shakespeare Corpus, seeking to elucidate the factors that underlie their choice. The major part of the work is devoted to analyzing the variation between you and thou, but it also includes chapters that deal with the variation between thy and thine and between ye and you. Methodologically, the study makes use of descriptive statistics, but incorporates both quantitative and qualitative features, drawing in particular on research methods recently developed within the fields of corpus linguistics, socio-historical linguistics and historical pragmatics. By making comparisons to other corpora on Early Modern English the work does not only contribute to Shakespeare studies, but on a broader scale also to language change by providing new and more detailed insights into the mechanisms that have led to a restructuring of the pronoun paradigm in the Early Modern period.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 106] 2002.  xiv, 344 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“B's book is a welcome contribution to the study of the history of second person pronouns in English, emphasizing the centrality of the Shakespearean canon in this connection.”
“This book contains a wealth of material which should be invaluable to all those interested in Shakespeare.”
“Overall, I think the book is important as it informs our knowledge of Shakespeare's language. Furthermore, since Busse compares his findings in the Shakespeare corpus to other Early Modern English corpora, the study carries import for our understanding of the history of English more generally. Busse's presentation proceeds logically and his claims are well supported by the data he presents. One of the most beneficial aspects of Busse's work is that it provides the reader with a lot of material that could lead to further research or prove useful for in-progress studies among individual researchers. ”
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