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Communicative Competence and the Language of the Letters

Ingrid Tieken‐Boon van Ostade

in The Bishop's Grammar

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579273
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579273.003.0006
Communicative Competence and the Language of the Letters

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Subdivided into different categories of formality, Lowth's letters are analysed in this chapter to describe his communicative competence. Depending on the nature of his relationship with his addressees, Lowth's language (spelling, lexis) is shown to vary, to the extent that his use of non-standard spelling serves as an indication of intimacy.

Keywords: letters; communicative competence; epistolary spelling; formality of writing; linguistic repertoire

Chapter.  16300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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