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Title Letter writing as a social practice / edited by David Barton, Nigel Hall.
Imprint Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., [2000]

Series Studies in written language and literacy, 0929-7324 ; v. 9
Studies in written language and literacy ; v. 9. 0929-7324
Subject Letter writing -- Social aspects -- English-speaking countries.
Written communication -- Social aspects -- English-speaking countries.
English letters -- History and criticism.
English language -- Rhetoric.
Letter writing -- History.
Alt Name Barton, David, 1949-
Hall, Nigel, 1947-
Description 1 online resource (vi, 262 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents LETTER WRITING AS A SOCIAL PRACTICE; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; CHAPTER 1. Introduction; CHAPTER 2. Letters and the Social Grounding of Differentiated Genres; CHAPTER 3. The Familiar Letter and Social Refinement in America, 1750-1800; CHAPTER 4. Letter Writing in a Cornish Community in the 1790s; CHAPTER 5. English Pauper Letters 1800-34, and the English Language; CHAPTER 6. The Materiality of Letter Writing: A nineteenth century perspective; CHAPTER 7. Letter-Writing Instruction in 19th Century Schools in the United States.
Summary This book explores the social significance of letter writing. Letter writing is one of the most pervasive literate activities in human societies, crossing formal and informal contexts. Letters are a common text type, appearing in a wide variety of forms in most domains of life. More broadly, the importance of letter writing can be seen in that the phenomenon has been widespread historically, being one of earliest forms of writing, and a wide range of contemporary genres have their roots in letters. The writing of a letter is embedded in a particular social situation, and like all other types o.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789027298669 (electronic bk.)
9027298661 (electronic bk.)
9781556192074 (alk. paper)
155619207X (alk. paper)
9781556192081 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1556192088 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
155619207X (alk. paper)
1556192088 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9027218021 (Eur. ; hb ; alk. paper)
902721803X (Eur. ; pb ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 70763398
Additional Format Print version: Letter writing as a social practice. Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., ©2000 (DLC) 99039098