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English by Dutch people (2)

I wrote my first blogpost about a letter written by a Dutchman, which was written in English entirely. Meanwhile, I found another example of English written by a Dutch person, in a letter, dated 14 April 1758, where I did … Continue reading

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Gender differences in politeness

In her second blogpost, Jiayan Xu reports on her findings from the essay she wrote to round off the course The Sociolinguistics of Late Modern English Letters: My term paper was about discovering gender differences in terms of politeness theory, taking the … 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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Holland through the eyes of an Englishman: Joseph Banks in The Hague

And here is Ilse Daalhof’s second blogpost: Among  the Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, which I also mentioned in my last blog post, I found a series called “Journal of a Tour in Holland”. The series consists of 81 pages on … 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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“Ugly, awkward Slutt”

Last week, I was reading through the out-letters of Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)* in order to build a reference corpus for my research on the language of John Gay (1685–1732). While reading, I came across something which seemed very shocking to me. … Continue reading

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Corpus Annotation

This post will illustrate different possible ways to add additional information to your data and builds forth on the tools discussed in my previous post. Corpus annotation makes it possible to retrieve specific data systematically. It might be a bit … Continue reading

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