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Voices Past and Present - Studies of Involved, Speech-related and Spoken Texts
by Jonasson / Larson Published by John Benjamins
This volume provides a diachronic and synchronic overview of linguistic variability and change in involved, speech-related and spoken texts in English. While previous works on the topic have focused on more limited time periods, this book covers data from the 16th century up to the present day. The studies offer new insights into historical and present-day corpus pragmatics by identifying and exploring features of orality in a variety of registers. For readers who are new to the field, the range of approaches will provide a helpful overview; for readers who are already familiar with the field, the volume will shed light on the complexity of factors such as register, sociolinguistic variability and language attitude, thus making it a useful resource and stepping stone for further exploration. The volume celebrates the ground-breaking contributions of Professor Merja Kyto in making accessible speech-related corpus material and leading the way in its exploration.