Category Archives: 18th-century letters

Politeness strategies in valedictions

Epistolary fomulas were clearly a popular topic during last semester’s course on Late Modern English letters. Here is what Klazien Tilstra wrote about themin her second blogpost: This is not the first blog post on opening and closing formulae in Late Modern … Continue reading

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A final Adieu

Ilse Daalhof wrote the following blogpost, on the correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, which she has been studying: In the week we were looking at opening and closing statements of letters, I stumbled onto what appeared to me a unique closing … Continue reading

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The Bluestocking Corpus to be published in 2015

A few days ago Anni Sairio published an exciting blog post on Dynamics of Change in Language Practices and Social Meaning (1700–1900). She announced that The Bluestocking Corpus will probably be published in 2015! What is even more exciting is … Continue reading

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English by Dutch people

Elsewhere in this blog, I’ve described a project which studies this use of English by Late Modern native speakers of Dutch. Here is a very interesting example of such a letter, in a blogpost by Marlies Reitsma, another student in … Continue reading

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Some interesting findings about Capitalization

This is Benjamin Kennicott (1718-1783), a biblical scholar, who took it upon himself in the 1760s to collate Hebrew manuscripts that were written prior to the invention of printing. For this purpose, the sum of £10,000 (around £750,000 in modern … Continue reading

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New letter by Lowth

A new letter by Robert Lowth (1710-1787) has come to light. Read more about it here.

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ESL in the Late Modern Netherlands

Today we are visiting the Dutch Royal Family Archives in The Hague, to be able to study the English letters the former Dutch queen Wilhelmina wrote to her governess Miss Saxton Winter. An edition of the letters was published in 2012, … Continue reading

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