The history of English writing is, to a considerable extent, the history of instructional writing in English. This volume is the first collection of papers to focus on instructional writing throughout the history of the language. Spanning a millennium of English texts, the materials studied represent procedural and behavioural discourse in a variety of genres. The primary texts, from AElfric's homilies to medieval cooking recipes to seventeenth-century American conduct literature to present-day language textbooks, display a variety of linguistic devices typical of instruction. The materials nonetheless differ with respect to the explicitness of their instructive purpose. Bringing together a broad range of instructional writing from the Old, Middle and Modern English periods, this collection celebrates the sixtieth birthday of Risto Hiltunen, who has successfully combined discourse-linguistic approaches with the history of English in his research, and inspired the colleagues and former students contributing to this volume.
1. Acknowledgments; 2. In honour of Risto Hiltunen (by Mitchell, Bruce); 3. Tabula gratulatoria; 4. Approaching instructional writing in English (by Tanskanen, Sanna-Kaisa); 5. Teaching by stories: Aelfric's instructive narratives (by Warvik, Brita); 6. The WOMANual: Ancrene Wisse on instruction (by Skaffari, Janne); 7. Vague language in the medieval recipes of the Forme of Cury (by Carroll, Ruth); 8. Instructional aspects of the calendar in later medieval England, with special reference to The John Rylands University Library MS English 80 (by Peikola, Matti); 9. Authority and instruction in two sixteenth-century medical dialogues (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 10. "Proper to their sex": Letter-writing instruction and epistolary model dialogues in Henry Care's The Female Secretary (by Tanskanen, Sanna-Kaisa); 11. (Un)Becoming conduct: Cotton Mather's Ornaments for the Daughters of Zion and the Salem witchcraft crisis (by Doty, Kathleen L.); 12. "Instruction with delight": The narrator's voice in John Newbery's early English children's books (by Kokkola, Lydia); 13. Doing what the doctor said: Constructing an authoritative voice in William Buchan's Domestic Medicine (by Valle, Ellen); 14. Instructional writing on English: What guides the textbook writer? (by Pietila, Paivi); 15. Index