By Merja Kytö, Mats Rydén, Erik Smitterberg
This quantity of stories in English Language makes a speciality of the 19th century, an incredible interval of either balance and alter for the English language. via ten designated case experiences, it highlights the relationships among English, its clients, and nineteenth-century society, having a look quite at gender alterations and edition throughout genres. It additionally discusses significant structural facets of nineteenth-century English, similar to nouns, verbs and adjectives, and Germanic vs. Romance vocabulary. even if the 19th century is frequently seen as a comparatively reliable interval within the improvement of the language, this quantity exhibits the 1800s to be a time of important swap, a few of which persevered into the 20 th century. through making comparisons attainable with either prior and later classes, it makes a huge contribution to our total knowing of the historical past of the English language.
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This applies above all to the borderline between the categories of Mental State and Sociability, since mental qualities, such as kindness or generosity are naturally apparent in the manners and behaviour of the person in question. The fuzziness may be illustrated by (15)–(16). (15) She is really an agreable girl, so I think I may like her, [. ] (Letters, Jane Austen, 1800–30, p. 65) (16) [. . ] and I have the snuggest little lodgings conceivable with a motherly good woman [. ] to wait on me. (Letters, George Eliot, 1850–70, p.
7b. Distribution of male reference across interpersonal categories. 6b are considered, it is found that the intrapersonal modifiers with male reference are equally distributed over periods (no. of instances: 143, 158, 149), whereas for those with female reference, period 3 has a much larger share (no. of instances: 99, 110, 146). This means that the inherent qualities of men are mentioned equally often in all three periods, whereas towards the end of the century, women are not only referred to with modifiers relatively more often (cf.
However, a volume such as this, which aims to provide an overview of nineteenth-century English from several angles, cannot rely solely on extant corpora. There are both linguistic and extralinguistic reasons for extending the scope of the material studied beyond that currently covered by corpora. To begin with, the study of low-frequency features may reveal results that are of great theoretical and methodological significance; but a historical corpus like CONCE does not, on its own, provide sufficient material for all such investigations.
Nineteenth-Century English: Stability and Change (Studies in English Language) by Merja Kytö, Mats Rydén, Erik Smitterberg