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The Resource In search of Jane Austen : the language of the letters, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

In search of Jane Austen : the language of the letters, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Label
In search of Jane Austen : the language of the letters
Title
In search of Jane Austen
Title remainder
the language of the letters
Statement of responsibility
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Along with Shakespeare, Jane Austen (1775-1817) can be said to be the most widely studied author in the history of English literature. But unlike Shakespeare, her language has received little scholarly attention. This is especially true for the language of her letters. Jane Austen's letters, mostly addressed to her sister Cassandra but to various other people as well, have been described as the equivalent of telephone conversations, and if you read them, you can almost hear her speak. We do not have access to actual speech from the time in which she lived, but the letters take us as close to the spoken language of the period as you might hope to get. They are therefore a veritable linguistic goldmine. This study, for the first time, offers a detailed sociolinguistic account of all aspects of the language of her letters: spelling, vocabulary and grammar. It also produces some evidence of pronunciation as well as of local dialectal usage. The analysis shows Jane Austen to be rather idiosyncratic in her language use: she was consistent in her spelling (though she had unusual spelling preferences), not very innovative in her vocabulary (though she did coin a few new words), and not quite representative of grammatical developments of the times (though her usage differed depending on who she wrote to, her sister, her publisher or her nieces and nephews). This study of Jane Austen's private language use shows the extent to which she varied in her language use, just like any of us do today, while is also provides evidence both for a date of her unfinished novel The Watsons (for the first time on linguistic grounds) and for the interplay there must have been between the editors of her novels and her own linguistic preferences, in the field of spelling and otherwise. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
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Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid
Dewey number
823/.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4038.L3
LC item number
T54 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • Austen, Jane
  • Austen, Jane
Label
In search of Jane Austen : the language of the letters, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Letter-writing -- A social network of letter-writers -- The letters as a corpus -- The language of the letters: spelling -- The language of the letters: words -- The language of the letters: grammar -- Authorial identity -- Conclusion
Control code
855858203
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 282 pages
Isbn
9780199945115
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013028108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)855858203
Label
In search of Jane Austen : the language of the letters, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Letter-writing -- A social network of letter-writers -- The letters as a corpus -- The language of the letters: spelling -- The language of the letters: words -- The language of the letters: grammar -- Authorial identity -- Conclusion
Control code
855858203
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 282 pages
Isbn
9780199945115
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013028108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)855858203

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