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- DescriptionThis mograph provides a detailed description of the language of the Cely Letters, the earliest extant collection of commercial correspondence in English (1472-88). The authors of the letters in question are English wool merchants, members of the middle class. The focus of this corpus-based analysis is morphosyntactic, but much attention is also paid to the orthographic systems traceable in the letters. The results of the structural-functional research indicate that although the language of the Celys exhibits several new tendencies, it preserves numerous orthographic, morphological and syntactic features traditionally associated with the Middle English rather than Early Modern English period. The variation among the authors is evident mainly in their orthographic habits and only in a few morphological ones, whereas the syntactic tendencies are shared by all the writers. Because the analysed documents are t highly official, the linguistic usage of their authors can be considered as representative of everyday written English in the late fifteenth century.
- Author BiographyDie Author: Hanna Rutkowska was born in Poznan, Poland, in 1973. She graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, with an M.A. degree in 1997. Four years later she was awarded a Ph.D. degree for her dissertation on the language of the Cely Letters, which serves as the basis of this book. In the academic years 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 she was a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently, she lectures in the School of English at Adam Mickiewicz University.
- Author(s)Hanna Rutkowska
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication01/10/2003
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Series TitleStudies in English Medieval Language and Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number6
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Content Note1 graph, num. tables
- Weight410 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
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