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The rise of prescriptive grammars in the 18th century
Book Item (Buchkapitel, Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden)
ID 69433
Author(s) Locher, Miriam A.
Author(s) at UniBasel Locher, Miriam
Year 2008
Title The rise of prescriptive grammars in the 18th century
Editor(s) Locher, Miriam A.; Strässler, Jürg
Book title Standards and norms in the English language
Publisher Mouton de Gruyter
Place of publication Berlin
Pages S. 127-147
ISSN/ISBN 978-3-11-020398-1
Series title Contributions to the sociology of language
Number 95
Keywords prescriptive
Abstract 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?
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1515/9783110206982.1.127

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