“I hope you will write”: The function of projection structures in a corpus of nineteenth century Irish emigrant correspondence


Moreton, E. (2015) “I hope you will write”: The function of projection structures in a corpus of nineteenth century Irish emigrant correspondence. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, volume In press


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The context of this essay is nineteenth century mass emigration from Ireland to America. Specifically, it is interested in how, through letters, Irish emigrants maintained relationships with those back home. Emigrant letters are expressive and indicative of correspondents' identities, values, preoccupations and beliefs; they are a powerful source of information and understanding about migration issues and provide a colourful picture of domestic life from an emigrant perspective. Letters have been used by social historians to investigate push/pull factors and the role of institutions and communities in the process of emigration; they have also been used to explore and understand the conditions and daily lives of emigrants and how individuals and groups adapted to the New World (see Thomas and Znaniecki (1958), Erickson (1972), Miller (1985), Kamphoefner, Helbich, and Sommer (1988) and Fitzpatrick (1994)). More recently, correspondence collections have been used by linguists to shed light on language change and variation as well as to map out the linguistic and structural features of letters (see, for instance, Elspaβ (2002), McLelland (2007), Dossena (2007), Nurmi and Palander-Collin (2008), and Palander-Collin (1999) and (2009)). The present study, also taking a linguistic approach, will examine the interactive nature of letters and how, through language, relationships are enacted and familial bonds maintained.



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Item TypeArticle
Title“I hope you will write”: The function of projection structures in a corpus of nineteenth century Irish emigrant correspondence
Authors Moreton, E. (profile-link for ) http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4182-4586
Departments Business, Environment and Society
Business, Environment and Society/English and Languages
Additional InformationThe paper is in press. Full citation details will be given when the article has been published.
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ISSN1566-5852, ESSN: 1569-9854
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Deposited on 27-Feb-2015 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 19-Sep-2016

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