Person reference and democratization in British English

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Palander-Collin , M & Nevala , M 2020 , ' Person reference and democratization in British English ' , Language Sciences , vol. 79 , 101265 .

Title: Person reference and democratization in British English
Author: Palander-Collin, Minna; Nevala, Minna
Contributor organization: English Philology
Department of Languages
Date: 2020-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Language Sciences
ISSN: 0388-0001
Abstract: This article explores the interrelatedness of societal changes and changes in language practices. By using a combination of corpus linguistic and socio-pragmatic methods, we track diachronic changes in word patterns and interpret findings in the framework of democratization. The data comes from a small and representative corpus of British English (ARCHER-3.1) and from three "big data" sets (Google Books, British Library Newspapers and The Economist). We suggest that data triangulation, including sociohistorical contextualization, allows us to conclude that especially from the mid-nineteenth century onwards words signaling social status and referring to individuals have decreased and from the first decades of the twentieth century onwards words referring to collectivities of people have increased. (C) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Subject: 6121 Languages
person reference
Corpus linguistics
Big data
People words
Small data
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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