In recent years there has been a renewed interest in correspondence both as a literary genre and as cultural practice, and several studies have appeared, mainly spanning the centuries between Early and Late Modern times. However, it is between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that the roots of contemporary usage begin to evolve, thanks to the circulation of new educational materials and more widespread schooling practices.
In this volume, chapters representing diverse but complementary methodological approaches discuss linguistic and discursive practices of correspondence in Late Modern Europe, in order to offer material for the comparative, cross-linguistic analyses of patterns occurring in different social contexts.
The volume aims to provide a general and solid methodological structure for the study of largely untapped language material from a variety of comparable sources, and is expected to appeal to scholars and students interested in the linguistic history of epistolary writing practices, as well as to all those interested in the more recent history of European languages.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction (by Dossena, Marina); 3. The study of correspondence: Theoretical and methodological issues (by Dossena, Marina); 4. A historical digital archive of Portuguese letters (by Marquilhas, Rita); 5. Between linguistic creativity and formulaic restriction: Cross-linguistic perspectives on nineteenth-century lower class writers' private letters (by Elspass, Stephan); 6. Performing identities and interaction through epistolary formulae (by Laitinen, Lea); 7. Fanny to William: A Critical Discourse Analysis approach to the letters of Frances Leonora Macleay (by Chiavetta, Eleonora); 8. An atypical commercial correspondence: Negotiating artefacts and status (by Del Lungo Camiciotti, Gabriella); 9. Reporting the news in English and Italian diplomatic correspondence (by Brownlees, Nicholas); 10. Letters as loot: Confiscated Letters filling major gaps in the History of Dutch (by Wal, Marijke J. van der); 11. The problem of reading dialect in semiliterate letters: The correspondence of the Holden family, 1812-16 and of Richard Taylor 1840-51 (by McColl Millar, Robert); 12. "I will be expecting a letter from you before this reaches you": A corpus-based study of shall/will variation in Irish English correspondence (by McCafferty, Kevin); 13. Letters in mechanically-schooled language: Theories and ideologies (by Fairman, Tony); 14. Teaching grammar and composition through letter writing in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England (by Mitchell, Linda C.); 15. Index