Texts and image, grammar and syntax in the analogue and in blogs and social networks

Award Holder

Professor Michael Moss, Glasgow University

Partner Organisation

National Library of Scotland

Doctoral Student

Tony Ross

The project will compare practices in the ‘real’ physical environment with that in the digital. It will focus on a collection of illustrated letters written in the late 18th century from Edinburgh to tell relatives in India about family, society and politics. It will explore the family’s social networks in Edinburgh and the Lake District and the results will be compared with similar material in the digital environment such as blogs and (eg) Facebook and other social network sites.


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