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This volume examines a fundamental concept of language within a historical perspective. The concept is that of public and private communication, the historical period ranges from the late middle ages to the late modern, and the language is English. In short, what are the linguistic traits, discursive practices, communicative settings and intentions which identify and contrast public from private communication, supposing it is possible to make such a fine distinction? The volume contains contributions from top international scholars working in the fields of, for example, historical correspondence, seventeenth-and eighteenth-century print news, sixteenth-century liturgy and political discourse, the language of quack doctors, late modern travel writing, personal notebooks, and even the eighteenth-century public discourse of shopping. As this ground-breaking volume is not just about key concepts in the history of the English language, but also examines at a more general level the concept of private and public communication, the various chapters will interest scholars working in language and communication generally as well as English historical discourse.
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Nicholas Brownlees is associate professor of English Language at the University of Florence, Italy. His main research focuses on the language of print news in early modern Britain. Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti is professor of English Language and linguistics at the University of Florence. Her current research interest focuses on the pragmatic and discursive analysis of both narrative and academic/professional texts from a historical perspective. John Denton is associate professor of English Language at the University of Florence. His research interests cover Italian-English contrastive analysis, history of translation (with special reference to the English Renaissance), religious discourse, literary and audiovisual translation.
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Book Description Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1443821411