chapter  3
Writing home
Interpersonal communication genres
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In the previous units you were introduced to the idea that language change is inextricably linked to social contexts, generic conventions and ideological attitudes. Changes in language use both express and reflect changes in social practices. In Unit two we looked at texts from commercial publications which involve widespread readership. In this unit we will explore aspects of language change by looking at person-to-person communication produced in private contexts.