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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Chapter 4 The distribution of thou and you and their variants in verse and prose
Chapter 5 A womans face with Natures own hand painted Hast thou the master mistress of my passion
Chapter 6 You beastly knave know you no reverence?
Chapter 7 Prithee no more vs Pray you chuck come hither
Chapter 8 The role of grammar in the selection of thou or you
Chapter 10 Stand sir and throw us that you have about ye
Chapter 11 Summary and conclusion
The PRAGMATICS AND BEYOND NEW SERIES
Chapter 9 In thine own person answer thy abuse
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16th century 17th century address pronouns adjectives analysis blank verse Brown and Gilman Chapter Claudio co-occurring conﬁrmed context cousin diachronic discourse discourse markers discourse particle distribution drama Elizabethan EModE English examples factors Falstaff ﬁgures ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁndings ﬁrst ﬁve forms of address free variation frequent function genre grammatical husband imperatives inﬂuence instances King knave lady language Leonato lexical liege linguistic lord markedness markers mistress Nevalainen nominative occur ofthe Othello plural politeness pragmatic pray thee prithee pronominal pronoun combined Comedies pronoun switching pronoun usage pronoun Y pronoun pronouns co—occurring rogue Schmidt and Sarrazin second person pronouns Shakespeare Corpus Shakespeare’s plays signiﬁcant singular sirrah sociolinguistic Sonnet 13 sonnets speaker Spevack syntactic Table term of endearment text types thine thou Total Tragedies variation verbs verse and prose vocatives vowel ye tokens