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Las lenguas en la Europa comunitaria III

La adquisición/enseñanza de segundas lenguas y/o de lenguas extranjeras / Las lenguas de minoriás / La traducción

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Edited by Fermín Sierra Martínez and Carmen Hernández González

Las lenguas en la Europa comunitaria II

Las lenguas de minorías

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Edited by Mercè Pujol Berché and Fermín Sierra Martínez

En el presente volumen — tercero de los cuatro que forman las actas del II Coloquio Internacional Las Lenguas en la Europa Comunitaria, celebrado en Barcelona del 2 al 5 de noviembre de 1994 —, se ofrece de forma independiente el conjunto de estudios presentados dentro de la sección «La lenguas de minorías».
El objetivo general, como en el coloquio anterior, fue el deseo de examinar la situación y las tendencias actuales de las diferentes lenguas de/en Europa, tanto desde el punto de vista de su utilización (tema de este volumen) como el de su adquisición, el de su utilización y el de la traducción.
Así, entre otras aportaciones, se ofrecen diversos aspectos del bilingüismo tanto en le continente Europeo como en el continente americano.

Sociolinguistics and Language History

Studies based on the Corpus of Early English Correspondence

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Edited by Terttu Nevalainen and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg

What role has social status played in shaping the English language across the centuries? Have women also been the agents of language standardization in the past? Can apparent-time patterns be used to predict the course of long-term language change?
These questions and many others will be addressed in this volume, which combines sociolinguistic methodology and social history to account for diachronic language change in Renaissance English. The approach has been made possible by the new machine-readable Corpus of Early English Correspondence (CEEC) specifically compiled for this purpose. The 2.4-million-word corpus covers the period from 1420 to 1680 and contains over 700 writers.
The volume introduces the premises of the study, discussing both modern sociolinguistics and English society in the late medieval and early modern periods. A detailed description is given of the Corpus of Early English Correspondence, its encoding, and the separate database which records the letter writers' social backgrounds.
The pilot studies based on the CEEC suggest that social rank and gender should both be considered in diachronic language change, but that apparent-time patterns may not always be a reliable cue to what will happen in the long run. The volume also argues that historical sociolinguistics offers fascinating perspectives on the study of such new areas as pragmatization and changing politeness cultures across time.
This extension of sociolinguistic methodology to the past is a breakthrough in the field of corpus linguistics. It will be of major interest not only to historical linguists but to modern sociolinguists and social historians.

Las lenguas en la Europa comunitaria

Las elenguas de minorías

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Edited by Fermín Sierra Martínez, Mercè Pujol Berché and Harm den Boer