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By Alexander Bergs

The writer analyzes, from a old sociolinguistic standpoint, chosen domain names of morphosyntactic version in a 250,000 be aware number of the center English Paston Letters (1421-1503). In 3 case experiences, nominal and one verbal variable are defined and mentioned intimately: the alternative of outdated English pronouns by means of borrowed pronouns, the creation and unfold of >wh-relativizers, and the unfold and routinization of sunshine verb buildings (take, make, supply, have, do plus deverbal noun). whereas the writer goals at a balanced integration of alternative ways in sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, typology, and language switch, the main target is on social community concept and the position of the linguistic person within the formation and alter of linguistic constructions.

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The status of social networks in scientific theories has been the subject of frequent discussions. , Wasserman and Faust 1994) to social networks as abstract metaphors somehow representing social structures. In the latter sense, which is the one adopted here, social networks are 24 Social network analysis - present and past not empirically testable constructs, but mainly heuristic devices. Barnes, for example, explained: ... there is no such thing as a theory of social networks; perhaps there will never be.

A given person may be innovative concerning one particular issue and conservative concerning another. A central member may be innovative from time to time, daring to do something previously unheard of despite being traditionally conservative the rest of the time (this issue will be particularly interesting and important for the analysis of linguistic variation, as will be shown later on). , are idealizations that do not always reflect reality, even less so when networks are understood as heuristic concepts or orientating statements and not as models of reality, as Barnes suggests (Barnes 1972: 2-3).

The scarcity of studies in this area of historical sociology, or social history, rather, already gives some indication that the application of networks to historical questions is not as straightforward as it seems. 2. The principle of uniformity Any (socio-)linguistic study of past language stages must necessarily rest on some notion of uniformity in history. Without necessarily referring to historical laws, the existence of which may be seriously doubted, researchers must assume that a range of developments and states is possible in this world, past and present, while another range of developments and states in this world, past and present, is impossible.

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