Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus: Morpho-syntactic Variability of Second Person Pronouns
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.
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16th century 38 plays address pronouns adjectives Amsterdam/Philadelphia analysis Benedick Brown and Gilman Chapter Claudio context contrast cousin diachronic discourse discourse markers discourse particle distribution drama Early Modern English Elizabethan EModE English examples factors Falstaff forms of address frequent function genre gentleman grammatical husband imperatives instances investigation King knave lady language Leonato lexical liege linguistic lord markedness markers master mistress Nevalainen nominative occur Othello plural politeness pragmatic pray thee pronominal pronoun combined Comedies pronoun switching pronoun usage pronoun Y pronoun pronouns co-occurring ratio Raumolin-Brunberg relationship rogue Schmidt and Sarrazin second person pronouns Shakespeare Corpus Shakespeare's plays Shakespeare's sonnets singular sirrah sociolinguistic Sonnet 13 sonnets speaker Spevack syntactic Table term of endearment text types thou thy/thine Total Tragedies variation verbs verse and prose villain vocatives vowel wife ye tokens