Instructional Writing in English

Studies in honour of Risto Hiltunen

ORCID logoMatti Peikola | University of Turku
Janne Skaffari | University of Turku
ORCID logoSanna-Kaisa Tanskanen | University of Turku
ISBN 9789027254245 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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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“[...] 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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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009015742 | Marc record