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Title: Business and Official Correspondence
Subtitle: Historical Investigations
Edited By: Marina Dossena
Susan M. Fitzmaurice
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vLang=E&vID=10880
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 32

This volume focuses on the nature of official correspondence produced in
the period after 1500, from Early Modern to nineteenth-century English. The
contributions reflect the extent to which the genre is somewhat plastic in
this period, gradually acquiring distinguishing conventions and protocols
as the situations in which the letters themselves are encoded acquire more

Although correspondence has long been the object of diachronic studies,
very little seems to be available as far as specialized usage is concerned,
hence the specific interest in letters exchanged within scientific,
diplomatic, and business networks. In addition, the study of business and
official correspondence offered here profits from a multi-disciplinary and
multi-methodological approach, as it relies on a rich array of databases
and corpora of correspondence, ranging from highly specialized collections
to more broadly constructed diagnostic corpora, in which correspondence is
just one register or text-type. While specific attention is paid to
phenomena relating to the expression of positive and negative politeness
through the investigation of authentic (rather than constructed) texts,
methodological issues are also taken into consideration.


Maurizio Gotti: Communal Correspondence in Early Modern English: The
"Philosophical Transactions" Network
Urszula Okulska: Textual Strategies in the Diplomatic Correspondence of the
Middle and Early Modern English Periods: The Narrative Report Letter as a
Susan Fitzmaurice: Diplomatic Business: Information, Power, and Persuasion
in Late Modern English Diplomatic Correspondence
Manfred Markus: Abbreviations in Early Modern English Correspondence
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade: Edward Pearson Esqr.: The Language of an
Eighteenth-century Secretary
Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti: "Conduct yourself towards all persons on
every occasion with civility and in a wise and prudent manner; this will
render you esteemed": Stance Features in Nineteenth-century Business Letters
Marina Dossena: Stance and Authority in Nineteenth-century Bank
Correspondence - a Case Study
Richard Dury: A Corpus of Nineteenth-century Business Correspondence:
Methodology of Transcription.

The Editors:

Marina Dossena is Professor of English Language at the University of
Bergamo. Her research interests focus on the features and origins of
British varieties of English and the history of specialized discourse.
Recent publications include "Insights into Late Modern English", co-edited
with Charles Jones (Peter Lang 2003), "Methods and Data in English
Historical Dialectology", co-edited with Roger Lass (Peter Lang 2004), and
"Scotticisms in Grammar and Vocabulary" (2005).

Susan M. Fitzmaurice is Chair in English Language at the University of
Sheffield. She has published widely on the history of the English language,
and is particularly interested in the history of English letters, social
networks, and standardization.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039108808
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 209
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