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The Evolution of Terms for Addressing the Readership in Late Modern English Cookery and Gardening Manuals
Daniela Cesiri
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The present study analyses the address forms contained in cookery and gardening manuals published mainly during the Late Modern period and used by the authors to establish direct contact with their readership. The comparison between the two different types of manuals takes into consideration the address forms used in both the prefaces and the body of the texts, highlighting substantial differences in the style used by the authors. In the case of the cookery books, these differences are explained in terms of Brown and Levinson's 'politeness theory' (1987) and Bell's 'audience design model' (1984), whereas for the gardening manuals a different interpretation is provided and includes the analysis of features typical of specialised discourse.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 2)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Alpo Honkapohja, and Jukka Tyrkkö
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