Late Modern English

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Late Modern English

  1. The form of the English language written and spoken from the mid-17th century (or later, up to the 19th century) to the present.
    • 2009, “Papers from 3LModE: an introduction”, in Gotti, Maurizio; Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid; Wim van der Wurff, editors, Current Issues in Late Modern English, Germany: Peter Lang, →ISBN, 1. The study of Late Modern English: an overview, pages 9, 11:
      Topics discussed in the papers that follow include many that will be familiar to scholars interested in eighteenth and nineteenth-century English, but the reader will find here increasing scope and refinement – a sign, we hope, of a maturing discipline. In this introduction we will sketch the early developments of work on Late Modern English and then preview the fifteen papers included in this volume, highlighting their main results and setting them against the earlier context. / It is probably accurate to say that work on Late Modern English (LModE) only took off in any serious way during the 1990s. There were of course prior studies of eighteenth and nineteenth-century English, but these were relatively thin on the ground compared with the great amounts of work done on the Old, Middle and Early Modern periods. [] In 1998, Mats Rydén, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Merja Kytö published A Reader in Early Modern English, a collection of reprints of articles that had come out between 1944 and 1994. In the introduction they dealt with the question of the delimitation of the EModE period, and decided that it would cover the eighteenth century, too. The reasons for doing so were that the “late” stage of the language was “part of the near and the immediate past, including the period designated as Present-day English” (PDE) (1998: 2), and that the eighteenth century was still characterized by too much systemic variation to be called Late Modern English. An obvious consequence of this view would be that LModE would range from 1800 to the present day. The editors felt justified in their decision by the temporal division employed in the Cambridge History of the English Language. Clearly, by this time the beginnings of LModE as a distinct field were becoming evident. All that was needed was sorting out the dates and organising a couple of conferences. And this duly happened.
    • 2014, “1. Introduction: Late Modern English syntax in its linguistic and socio-historical context”, in Hundt, Marianne, editor, Late Modern English Syntax, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, 1. Late Modern English syntax: setting the scene, page 1:
      At the end of the twentieth century, the Late Modern period still had to be described as ‘the Cinderella of English historical linguistic study’ (Jones 1989: 279). Fortunately, this scenario has changed over the last fifteen years or so. Among other things, the change of emphasis within historical linguistics to socio-historical and corpus-based approaches led to a surge of interest in Late Modern English (roughly the period between 1700 and 1900). In August 2001, the University of Edinburgh hosted the first international conference on Late Modern English (LModE).
    • 2015, “Introduction”, in Dossena, Marina, editor, Transatlantic Perspectives on Late Modern English, John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN, 1. Transatlantic Perspectives on Late Modern English, page 4:
      Indeed, the turn of the twenty-first century has witnessed a tremendous increase in the scholarly attention paid to Late Modern English (or LModE), especially as far as its codification is concerned: over the last twenty years several volumes, articles and book chapters have appeared on this topic, such as []. [] Interestingly, the two decades in which studies in Late Modern English have expanded have also been the same in which the World Wide Web, invented 25 years ago, has become an ordinary tool for investigation and research.



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