Touching the Past

Studies in the historical sociolinguistics of ego-documents

| Leiden University
| Leiden University
ISBN 9789027200808 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027271778 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The study of ego-documents figures as a prominent theme in cutting-edge research in the Humanities. Focusing on private letters, diaries and autobiography, this volume covers a wide range of different languages and historical periods, from the sixteenth century to World War I. The volume stands out by its consistent application of the most recent developments in historical-sociolinguistic methodology in research on first-person writings.

Some of the articles concentrate on social differences in relation to linguistic variation in the historical context. Others hone in on self-representation, writer-addressee interaction and identity work. The key issue of the relationship between speech and writing is addressed when investigating the hybridity of ego-documents, which may contain both “oral” features and elements typical of the written language.

The volume is of interest to a wide readership, ranging from scholars of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology and social history to (advanced) graduate and postgraduate students in courses on language variation and change.

[Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 1]  2013.  vii, 279 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
Ego-documents in a historical-sociolinguistic perspective
Marijke J. van der Wal and Gijsbert Rutten
A lady-in-waiting’s begging letter to her former employer (Paris, mid-sixteenth century)
R. Anthony Lodge
Epistolary formulae and writing experience in Dutch letters from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Gijsbert Rutten and Marijke J. van der Wal
From ul to U.E.: A socio-historical study of Dutch forms of address in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century private letters
Judith Nobels and Tanja Simons
Flat adverbs and Jane Austen’s letters
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Letters from Gaston B.: A prisoner’s voice during the Great War
Carita Klippi
Written documents: What they tell us about linguistic usage
France Martineau
The rhetoric of autobiography in the seventeenth century
Peter Burke
“All the rest ye must lade yourself”: Deontic modality in sixteenth-century English merchant letters
Arja Nurmi
Cordials and sharp satyrs: Stance and self-fashioning in eighteenth-century letters
Anni Sairio
Self-reference and ego involvement in the 1820 Settler petition as a leaking genre
Matylda Włodarczyk
Ego-documents in Lithuanian: Orthographic identities at the turn of the twentieth century
Aurelija Tamošiūnaitė
The language of slaves on the island of St Helena, South Atlantic, 1682–1724
Laura Wright
Touching the Past presents a wide range of new insights and innovations in the subject areas of letter writing and ego-documents at large.”
“This volume offers a timely contribution to the current research agenda in relation to the evaluation of the role of informal documents for our understanding of the social history of languages. All contributions are empirically strong, presenting data that have rarely seen the scholarly light before.”
“[T]he book will prove of considerable interest both to scholars already working in the field and to students approaching the complexities of language use in different social contexts in a historical perspective.”
“Key to the treatment of ego-documents as evidence for language habits and practices is the fact that they centre on the individual, so to place them at the centre of historical sociolinguistic study is to acknowledge the critical role that the individuals plays in language change. The papers that make up this volume represent a wealth of approaches that can be applied fruitfully to an exploration of the status of particular types of ego-documents for the kind of history being sought.”
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
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