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Title: The Language of Public and Private Communication in a Historical Perspective
Edited By: Nicholas Brownlees
Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti
John Denton

This volume examines a fundamental concept of language within a historical
perspective. The concept is that of public and private communication, the
historical period ranges from the late middle ages to the late modern, and
the language is English. In short, what are the linguistic traits,
discursive practices, communicative settings and intentions which identify
and contrast public from private communication, supposing it is possible to
make such a fine distinction? The volume contains contributions from top
international scholars working in the fields of, for example, historical
correspondence, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century print news,
sixteenth-century liturgy and political discourse, the language of quack
doctors, late modern travel writing, personal notebooks, and even the
eighteenth-century public discourse of shopping. As this ground-breaking
volume is not just about key concepts in the history of the English
language, but also examines at a more general level the concept of private
and public communication, the various chapters will interest scholars
working in language and communication generally as well as English
historical discourse.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443821411
ISBN-13: 9781443821414
Pages: 390
Prices: U.K. £ 44.99