Tag Archives: John Adams

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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The Adams Family Papers

The Adams Family is a popular topic in this blog. Here is another blogpost on them, Martijn Slokker’s last one:  When I wrote my course paper, I worked with the Adams Family Papers, an electronic archive which contains (among other … Continue reading

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The spelling of a president’s daughter

Inge Otto, research master student at the University of Leiden, wrote her BA thesis this summer on the letters of Abigail Adams, the daughter of one of the presidents of the United States. What follows is a summary of her … Continue reading

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