Code-Switching in Early English by Herbert Schendl

By Herbert Schendl

The complicated linguistic scenario of prior multilingual Britain has resulted in a variety of contact-induced alterations within the heritage of English. even though, bi- and multilingual texts, that are attested in a wide number of textual content varieties, are nonetheless an underresearched point of past linguistic touch. Such texts, which swap among Latin, English and French, have more and more been well-known as situations of written code-switching and as hugely appropriate facts for the linguistic suggestions which medieval and early sleek multilingual audio system used for various purposes.

The contributions during this quantity strategy this phenomenon of mixed-language texts from the perspective of code-switching, a big mechanism of linguistic switch. according to quite a few textual content kinds and genres from the medieval and Early glossy English sessions, the person papers current designated linguistic analyses of a giant variety of texts, addressing a number of concerns, together with methodological questions in addition to sensible, pragmatic, syntactic and lexical facets of language blending. The very particular nature of language blending in a few textual content forms additionally increases vital theoretical questions similar to the excellence among borrowing and switching, the life of discrete linguistic codes in past multilingual Britain and, extra usually, the prospective limits of the code-switching paradigm for the research of those combined texts from the early heritage of English.

Thus the quantity is of specific curiosity not just for historic linguists, medievalists and scholars of the background of English, but in addition for sociolinguists, psycholinguists, language theorists and typologists.

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2. 1. The data Historical code-switching research evidently shares many of the general problems of any historical linguistic discipline, such as the questionable reliability of data, and insufficient information on extralinguistic aspects such as the production, transmission, purpose and audience of texts. Furthermore, the interpretation of the data by the analysing linguist is influenced by his or her underlying theoretical assumptions, and the inaccessibility of the linguistic competence of the producers of historical texts.

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Oswaldi, written by one of his pupils around the end of the first millennium. Important information on Oswald’s running of office has also been derived from the numerous documents from the archives of Worcester and the closely linked monastery of Ramsey, including the leases of the present corpus. Coming from an aristocratic Anglo-Scandinavian background, Oswald advanced quickly in the ecclesiastical hierarchy. After some years at Fleury, one of the leading Benedictine centres of the time, he returned to England in 958 and was appointed bishop to the see of Worcester in 961 (Bullough 1996: 7–8).

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