Instructional Writing in English

Studies in honour of Risto Hiltunen

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| University of Turku
| University of Turku
| University of Turku
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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 Ælfric’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.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 189]  2009.  xiii, 240 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
vii
In honour of Risto Hiltunen
Bruce Mitchell
ix
Tabula gratulatoria
xi–xiii
Approaching instructional writing in English
Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen, Janne Skaffari and Matti Peikola
1–11
Teaching by stories: Ælfric's instructive narratives
Brita Wårvik
13–34
The WOMANual: Ancrene Wisse on instruction
Janne Skaffari
35–53
Vague language in the medieval recipes of the Forme of Cury
Ruth Carroll
55–82
Instructional aspects of the calendar in later medieval England, with special reference to The John Rylands University Library MS English 80
Matti Peikola
83–104
Authority and instruction in two sixteenth-century medical dialogues
Irma Taavitsainen
105–124
"Proper to their sex": Letter-writing instruction and epistolary model dialogues in Henry Care's The Female Secretary
Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen
125–140
(Un)Becoming conduct: Cotton Mather's Ornaments for the Daughters of Zion and the Salem witchcraft crisis
Kathleen L. Doty
141–160
"Instruction with delight": The narrator's voice in John Newbery's early English children's books
Lydia Kokkola
161–185
Doing what the doctor said: Constructing an authoritative voice in William Buchan's Domestic Medicine
Ellen Valle
187–209
Instructional writing on English: What guides the textbook writer?
Paivi Pietila, Leena Taanila-Hall and Sonja Vainio
211–232
Index
233–240
“[...] as an introduction to the evolution of instructional writing in English, the collection proves to be enlightening and also highlights the breadth of the work by Risto Hiltunen, a major scholar in the field of historical discourse to whom the book is dedicated, broadening the understanding of the reader as to the changes in instructional writing in English over time.”
“The contributions show the facets of instructiveness as encoded in the language and/or purpose of texts, with some features of instructiveness bridging periods and genres, and others being genuinely specific to particular texts. It is this comprehensive perspective on instructional writing that makes the volume interesting for scholars of modern and historical pragmatics and discourse analysis, genre studies and text type studies.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009015742