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Author Walker, Terry, 1961-

Title Thou and You in early modern English dialogues : trials, depositions, and drama comedy / Terry Walker
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 339 pages)
Series Pragmatics & beyond new series, 0922-842X ; v. 158
Pragmatics & beyond ; v. 158. 0922-842X
Contents Thou and You in Early Modern English Dialogues; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Dedication; Table of contents; Preface and acknowledgements; List of tables, figures, and maps; 1. Introduction; 2. Corpus and genre overview; 3. Data classification; 4. Previous research on thou and you in Early Modern English; 5. Thou and you in Trials 1560-1760; 6. Thou and you in Depositions 1560-1760; 7. Thou and you in Drama Comedy 1560-1760; 8. The role of selected linguistic factorsin thou and you usage; 9. Summary and conclusions; Appendix; References; Index
Summary This book is a corpus-based study examining thou and you in three speech-related genres from 1560-1760, a crucial period in the history of second person singular pronouns, spanning the time from when you became dominant to when thou became all but obsolete. The study embraces the fields of corpus linguistics, historical pragmatics, and historical sociolinguistics. Using data drawn from the recently released A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560-1760 and manuscript material, the aim is to ascertain which extra-linguistic and linguistic factors highlighted by previous research appear particularly
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English language -- Pronoun.
Thou (The English word)
You (The English word)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007006649
ISBN 902725401X (hb ; alk. paper)
9027292604 (electronic bk.)
9789027254016 (hb ; alk. paper)
9789027292605 (electronic bk.)
(hb ; alk. paper)