Monthly Archives: August 2012

On long s

Long <s> is a typical feature of 18th-century English spelling, as James Boswell’s letter, reproduced elsewhere in this blog, shows. But though it disappeared from printed texts around the turn of the 18th to the 19th century, it still appears … Continue reading

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The Browning love letters

On Valentine’s Day, the Guardian announced the online publication of the Browning love letters, letters exchanged between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, which I also reported on elsewhere in this blog. The article mentions that there are 574 letters, and a first glance … Continue reading

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Studies on Late Modern English letters

The following is a list of book-length studies on Late Modern English letters, from a linguistic, discourse-analytical or sociohistorical perspective. Additions are very welcome. Fens-de Zeeuw, Lyda (2011). Lindley Murray (1745-1826), Quaker and Grammarian. Utrecht: LOT. Fitzmaurice, Susan (2002). The Familiar Letter in Early … Continue reading

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Julia Maitland’s letters

Julia Maitland (1808-1864) is the author of the book Letters from Madras during the years 1836-1839, originally published by John Murray in London, in 1843, and re-issued by Alyson Price in 2004 (OUP, New Delhi). The book includes 27 letters which are … Continue reading

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Peter Lang’s series Linguistic Insights

The publisher Peter Lang just distributed a catalogue with an overview of their impressive series called Linguistic Insights, Studies in language and communication, edited by Maurizio Gotti from the University of Bergamo. The series contains several titles that are relevant … Continue reading

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The Pen and the People

This is the title of a magnificent study by Susan Whyman. Its subtitle is English Letter Writers 1660-1800, and the book was first published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. It analyses a host of letters from the period, but focusses … Continue reading

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Studying the language of letters

If you write a PhD in the Netherlands, you usually have to supply a set of so-called “stellingen” (scholarly propositions) along with the printed book. I defended my PhD in 1987, and my thesis was called The Auxiliary Do in Eighteenth-Century … Continue reading

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