Business and Official Correspondence: Historical Investigations
This volume focuses on the nature of official correspondence produced in the period after 1500, from Early Modern to nineteenth-century English. The contributions reflect the extent to which the genre is somewhat plastic in this period, gradually acquiring distinguishing conventions and protocols as the situations in which the letters themselves are encoded acquire more distinctiveness. Although correspondence has long been the object of diachronic studies, very little seems to be available as far as specialized usage is concerned, hence the specific interest in letters exchanged within scientific, diplomatic, and business networks. In addition, the study of business and official correspondence offered here profits from a multi-disciplinary and multi-methodological approach, as it relies on a rich array of databases and corpora of correspondence, ranging from highly specialized collections to more broadly constructed diagnostic corpora, in which correspondence is just one register or text-type. While specific attention is paid to phenomena relating to the expression of positive and negative politeness through the investigation of authentic (rather than constructed) texts, methodological issues are also taken into consideration.
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abbreviations analysis Bank Boas Hall business correspondence business letter Cambridge communal correspondence convey corpora corpus Corpus Linguistics diachronic diplomatic correspondence diplomatic letters discourse Dossena Duszak Early Modern English eighteenth eighteenth-century Elector ellipsis EModE encoder Encoder's stance English Language epistolary example expressions Fitzmaurice formal formula function genre George Stepney Henry Oldenburg historical Hungary Ingrid interaction interest ISBN July letter to Blathwayt letter writing linguistic linked London Lord Lowth Marina Dossena markers Matthew Prior Maurizio Gotti modal negotiations nineteenth nineteenth-century official correspondence Oldenburg Oxford perceived perspective phrase politeness pragmatic pronoun recipient reference relations relationship rhetorical Rigaud Robert Dodsley Robert Lowth role Royal Society secretary seventeenth century shou'd social spelling Stepney and Prior Stepney's strategies Text Linguistics thematic thematisation Tieken-Boon van Ostade Transactions transcription University of Bergamo US-ISBN usage verbs William William Blathwayt words wou'd