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Just out

Earlier this week, my book In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters (OUP) was published. This is how it is described in the OUP linguistics catalogue that came in today: And here is the missing image: Advertisements

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Queen Wilhelmina’s English

Earlier this week, NRC Handelsblad, one of the Dutch quality newspapers, published a review of a book called Dear Old Bones. Brieven van Koningin Wilhelmina aan haar Engelse gouvernante Miss Elizabeth Saxton Winter 1886-1935, edited by Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes. Fantastic, … Continue reading

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Lowth letters in Leiden

Great news: Leiden University Library owns two letters from the most authoritative 18th-century English grammarian, Robert Lowth (1710-1787). They were identified accidentally by Myrte Wouterse, BA English and Honours Academy student at the University of Leiden. Myrte and a fellow student had been taken … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s letters

In October last year, a new edition was published of Jane Austen’s letters (OUP, 2011). It is the fourth edition, and the editor is Deirdre Le Faye, a well-known Austen specialist. The previous edition, also by her, dates from 1995 … Continue reading

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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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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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