Relationships Reflected in Address: A Linguistic Analysis of Letters in Jane Austen’s Novels

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Relationships Reflected in Address: A Linguistic Analysis of Letters in Jane Austen’s Novels

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Relationships Reflected in Address: A Linguistic Analysis of Letters in Jane Austen’s Novels
Author: Frissen, C.A.J.
Issue Date: 2019-01-31
Keywords: Jane Austen
formulaic language use
opening formulas
closing formulas
agreement
novels
address
relationships
reflection
fictional letters
Abstract: In this thesis, I will study formulaic language use by applying the linguistic model as applied to Jane Austen's own letters in Tieken-Boon van Ostade's (2014) In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters, section '3.3. Letter-Writing Formulas' to Jane Austen's fictional letters as part of her novels. By looking at the opening and closing formulas in the 41 letters that are included in Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), Northanger Abbey (1818) and Persuasion (1818), I aim to determine the implications of the formulaic language use for the relationships. From this analysis, then, it will also become clear what differences and similarities there are between the language in Jane Austen’s own letters and her fictional letters as part of her novels.
Supervisor: Tieken-Boon van Ostade, I.M.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Philology Late Modern English
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/69081
 

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