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The Resource Merchants of Innovation : the Languages of Traders, Esther-Miriam Wagner, Bettina Beinhoff, Ben Outhwaite

Merchants of Innovation : the Languages of Traders, Esther-Miriam Wagner, Bettina Beinhoff, Ben Outhwaite

Label
Merchants of Innovation : the Languages of Traders
Title
Merchants of Innovation
Title remainder
the Languages of Traders
Statement of responsibility
Esther-Miriam Wagner, Bettina Beinhoff, Ben Outhwaite
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Traders around the world use particular spoken argots, to guard commercial secrets or to cement their identity as members of a certain group. The written registers of traders, too, in correspondence and other commercial texts show significant differences from the language used in official, legal or private writing. This volume suggests a clear cross-linguistic tendency that mercantile writing displays a greater degree of language mixing, code-switching and linguistic innovations, and, by setting precedents, promote language change. This interdisciplinary volume aims to place the traders' languages within a wider sociolinguistic context. Questions addressed include: What differences can be observed between mercantile registers and those of court or legal scribes? Do the traders' texts show the early emergence of features that take longer to permeate into the 'higher' varieties of the same language? Do they anticipate language change in the standard register or influence it by setting linguistic precedents? What sets traders' letters apart from private correspondence and other 'low' registers? The book will also examine bilingualism, semi-bilingualism, reasons for code-switching and the choice of particular languages over others in commercial correspondence
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Cataloging source
DEGRU
Dewey number
420
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
P23
LC item number
.M47 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Beinhoff, Bettina
  • Outhwaite, Ben
  • Wagner, Esther-Miriam
Series statement
Studies in Language Change SLC
Series volume
15
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  • Language and international relations
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Language and international relations
Label
Merchants of Innovation : the Languages of Traders, Esther-Miriam Wagner, Bettina Beinhoff, Ben Outhwaite
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. The socio-linguistics of Judaeo-Arabic mercantile writing
  • III. Code-switching, loanwords and multilingualism
  • 5. Business writing in early sixteenth-century Norway
  • 6. Kiss Me Quick: on the naming of commodities in Britain, 1650 to the First World War
  • 7. The early English East India Company as a community of practice: evidence of multilingualism
  • 8. Language choice in forming an identity: linguistic innovations by German traders in Bergen
  • 9. From the synagogue to the market square: cardinal numbers in Older Yiddish
  • IV. Mercantile linguistic communities
  • 10. Early Anglo-Italian contact: new loanword evidence from two mercantile sources, 1440-1451
  • 11. Multilingual merchants: the trade network of the 14th century Tuscan merchant Francesco di Marco Datini
  • Frontmatter
  • 12. On a famous lacuna: Lingua Franca the Mediterranean trade pidgin?
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • I. Introduction
  • 1. Merchants of Innovation: the languages of traders
  • II. Literacy of traders and their agency as linguistic trendsetters
  • 2. Like the coins when currencies are combined: contextualizing the written language of fifteenth-century English merchants
  • 3. Bridges of innovation and change: the English language around the networks of the Mercery of London
Control code
987945737
Extent
1 online resource (283 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501503542
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 10.1515/9781501503542
  • 9781501503542
  • urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705174175
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)987945737
Label
Merchants of Innovation : the Languages of Traders, Esther-Miriam Wagner, Bettina Beinhoff, Ben Outhwaite
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. The socio-linguistics of Judaeo-Arabic mercantile writing
  • III. Code-switching, loanwords and multilingualism
  • 5. Business writing in early sixteenth-century Norway
  • 6. Kiss Me Quick: on the naming of commodities in Britain, 1650 to the First World War
  • 7. The early English East India Company as a community of practice: evidence of multilingualism
  • 8. Language choice in forming an identity: linguistic innovations by German traders in Bergen
  • 9. From the synagogue to the market square: cardinal numbers in Older Yiddish
  • IV. Mercantile linguistic communities
  • 10. Early Anglo-Italian contact: new loanword evidence from two mercantile sources, 1440-1451
  • 11. Multilingual merchants: the trade network of the 14th century Tuscan merchant Francesco di Marco Datini
  • Frontmatter
  • 12. On a famous lacuna: Lingua Franca the Mediterranean trade pidgin?
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • I. Introduction
  • 1. Merchants of Innovation: the languages of traders
  • II. Literacy of traders and their agency as linguistic trendsetters
  • 2. Like the coins when currencies are combined: contextualizing the written language of fifteenth-century English merchants
  • 3. Bridges of innovation and change: the English language around the networks of the Mercery of London
Control code
987945737
Extent
1 online resource (283 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501503542
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 10.1515/9781501503542
  • 9781501503542
  • urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705174175
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)987945737

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