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Title: Studies in Late Modern English Correspondence
Subtitle: Methodology and Data
Edited By: Marina Dossena
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 76

The studies presented in this volume concentrate on aspects of Late Modern
English correspondence in the usage of individuals belonging to different
social classes, writing for different purposes, and finding themselves in
different social contexts, both in Britain and in its colonies. As the
growing body of research published in recent years has shown, analysing the
language of letters presents both a challenge and an opportunity to obtain
access to as full a range of styles as would be possible for a period for
which we only have access to the language in its written form. It is an
area of study in which all the contributors have considerable expertise,
which affords them to present data findings while discussing important
methodological issues. In addition, in most cases data derive from
specially-designed 'second-generation' corpora, reflecting state-of-the-art
approaches to historical sociolinguistics and pragmatics. Theoretical
issues concerning letters as a text type, their role in social network
analysis, and their value in the identification of register or variety
specific traits are highlighted, alongside issues concerning the (often
less than easy) relationship between strictly codified norms and actual
usage on the part of speakers whose level of education could vary


Marina Dossena/Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade: Introduction - Arja
Nurmi/Minna Palander-Collin: Letters as a Text Type: Interaction in Writing
- Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade: Letters as a Source for Reconstructing
Social Networks: The Case of Robert Lowth - Susan M. Fitzmaurice:
Epistolary Identity: Convention and Idiosyncrasy in Late Modern English
Letters - Richard Dury: Handwriting and the Linguistic Study of Letters -
Anni Sairio: Bluestocking Letters and the Influence of Eighteenth-Century
Grammars - Lyda Fens-de Zeeuw: The Letter-Writing Manual in the Eighteenth
and Nineteenth Centuries: From Polite to Practical - Tony Fairman:
Strike-Throughs: What Textual Alterations can Tell us about Writers and
their Scripts, 1795-1835 - Anita Auer: «The letter wihch that I wrote»:
Self-corrections in Late Modern English Letters - Marina Dossena: «We beg
leave to refer to your decision»: Pragmatic Traits of Nineteenth-Century
Business Correspondence - Stefan Dollinger: Colonial Variation in the Late
Modern English Business Letter: 'Periphery and Core' or 'Random Variation'?

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039116584
Pages: 291
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