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Title: To quote or not to quote: Literary quotations as change from above
Authors: Chapman, Don
Keywords: literary quotations
prestigious variant
social valuation
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 54s1 (2019), pp. 267–285
Abstract: Phrases deriving from literary quotations are sometimes included in language histories as contributions from famous writers, like Shakespeare. This paper will argue that the label “change from above” is still a useful label for the addition of literary phrases to the language, even if such an addition is not typical of the variationist changes for which the label was coined. This paper will also demonstrate that the process of incorporating a literary quotation into the language involves several alterations to the quotation’s form and meaning, and that these changes are also part of the “change from above” characterizing the adoption of literary phrases.
DOI: 10.2478/stap-2019-0013
ISSN: 0081-6272
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