The rise of prescriptive grammars in the 18th century

Locher, Miriam A.. (2008) The rise of prescriptive grammars in the 18th century. In: Standards and norms in the English language. Berlin, pp. 127-147.

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This chapter deals with the dramatic increase in the number of publications on English grammar in the second half of the 18th century in England. These texts have been discussed in connection with the process of language standardization since they propagate a normative, prescriptive view of language (cf., e.g., Milroy and Milroy 1991). The questions I will focus on are the following: - Why is there a n increase in the number of grammars of the English language from the middle of the 18th century onwards? and - How are these texts to be understood in their socio-historical context?
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Linguistics (Locher)
UniBasel Contributors:Locher, Miriam A.
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Book Chapter
Publisher:Mouton de Gruyter
Series Name:Contributions to the sociology of language
Issue Number:95
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