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’Tis thou hast slain my son! Zero relatives in Horace Walpole’s writing

Below follows Lennart van der Velden’s first blog post, on the language of Horace Walpole, someone dealt with elsewhere on this blog: Horace Walpole (1717- 1794) is one of those people from whom a large collection of letters and other writings have thankfully … Continue reading

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Horace Walpole’s letters online

Horace Walpole was an inveterate letter writer, and his correspondence is probably the largest collection of letters that is available for analysis, linguistic and otherwise. Froukje Henstra is writing a PhD thesis on the language of the letters. A short … Continue reading

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Periphrastic do and Colonial Lag

And since she sent me both blogposts all at once, here is Esther Spaanderman’s second one, also on the Adams Papers: “But as I speak french very imperfectly and she understands not a syllable of English I suppose she did … Continue reading

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Dont vs. don’t: early American usage?

Esther Spaanderman is the last of my students who owes us her blogposts. Here is the first one: A while ago, I studied periphrastic do in the letters of John Adams (1735-1826), the second president of the United States. As … Continue reading

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Awkward

January is a month of marking – essays, chapter as well as blogposts Here is another one, Klazien Tilstra’s first piece, which is far from awkward! While reading a letter by Elizabeth Montagu (1720-1800), I was struck by the word awkward. … Continue reading

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