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  1. Chaucer and the History of English.Tim William Machan - 2012 - Speculum 87 (1):147-175.
    Linguistic history, like all history, is written retrospectively. It is written from some historical vantage that allows a critic to survey what has been previously spoken and written and to decide which forms are representative, which aberrant, which tangential, and which proleptic in the ways they figure in a coherent account of language change and development. While speakers use language to accomplish specific tasks in specific situations, historians assemble these utterances into moments of stasis and narratives of change. Classifying the (...)
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