publication . Doctoral thesis . 2011

Joseph Priestley, grammarian: late modern English normativism and usage in a sociohistorical context

Straaijer, Robin;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2011
  • Publisher: LOT, Utrecht
Abstract
The eighteenth century was a key period in the establishment of standard modern English. This period, referred to as the Late Modern English period, witnessed the publication of an unprecedented number of normative works aiming to define ‘correct’ English. Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) is best known as a scientist and theologian, but his Rudiments of English Grammar, first published in 1761 is an important work in the wave of English normative grammars of the late eighteenth century. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this book investigates Priestley’s role as a codifier of the English language. The author demonstrates that the influence of Priestley’s grammar ...
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free text keywords: Codification, Corpora, Descriptivism, Historical sociolinguistics, Joseph Priestley, Letters, Prescriptivism, Standardisation, Codification, Corpora, Descriptivism, Historical sociolinguistics, Joseph Priestley, Letters, Prescriptivism, Standardisation
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