Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change

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Overview

The aim of this series is to provide a framework for original studies of English, both present-day and past. All books are based securely on empirical research, and represent theoretical and descriptive contributions to our knowledge of national varieties of English, both written and spoken. The series covers a broad range of topics and approaches, including syntax, phonology, grammar, vocabulary, discourse, pragmatics and sociolinguistics, and is aimed at an international readership.

The eighteenth century was a key period in the development of the English language and is when the modern standard emerged and many dictionaries and grammars first appeared. This book is divided into thematic sections which deal with issues central to English in the eighteenth century. These include linguistic ideology and the grammatical tradition, the contribution of women to the writing of grammars, the interactions of writers at this time and how politeness was encoded in language, including that on a regional level. The contributions also cover how language was seen and discussed in public and how grammarians, lexicographers, journalists, pamphleteers and publishers judged on-going change. The novel insights offered in this book extend our knowledge of the English language at the onset of the modern period.

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'Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change represents another significant contribution to English historical linguistics in the Studies in English Language series … under the supervision of Merja Kytö. The volume, edited by Raymond Hickey, contains sixteen essays by leading scholars whose main research interests include the development of English in the Late Modern period. The book therefore serves as a useful companion to its predecessor on the nineteenth century, Nineteenth-Century English: Stability and Change (2006) … I am confident that the studies in this volume will encourage further investigation into this prolific, yet somewhat neglected, period of the history of the English language.' María José López-Couso, English Language and Linguistics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521887649
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Hickey is Professor of Linguistics in the English Department at Essen University, Germany. His recent publications include Legacies of Colonial English: Studies of Transported Dialects (Cambridge, 2004) and Irish English: History and Present-Day Forms (Cambridge, 2007).

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Table of Contents

1 Attitudes and concerns in eighteenth-century English Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond

2 Prescriptivism and the suppression of variation Joan C. Beal Beal, Joan C.

3 Women's grammars Carol Percy Percy, Carol

4 Eighteenth-century women and their norms of correctness Ingrid Tieken-Boon Van Ostade Van Ostade, Ingrid Tieken-Boon

5 Lowth as an icon of prescriptivism Ingrid Tieken-Boon Van Ostade Van Ostade, Ingrid Tieken-Boon

6 Queeney Thrale and the teaching of English grammar Karlijn Navest Navest, Karlijn

7 Coalitions, networks and discourse communities in Augustan England: the spectator and the early eighteenth-century essay Susan Fitzmaurice Fitzmaurice, Susan

8 Contextualising eighteenth-century politeness: social distinction and metaphorical levelling Heli Tissari Tissari, Heli

9 Expressive speech acts and politeness in eighteenth-century English Andreas H. Jucker Jucker, Andreas H.

10 Variation and change in eighteenth-century English Richard W. Bailey Bailey, Richard W.

11 Variation in sentential complements in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English: a processing-based explanation Teresa Fanego Fanego, Teresa

12 Nationality and standardisation in eighteenth-century Scotland Charles Jones Jones, Charles

13 English in eighteenth-century Ireland Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond

14 Changes and continuities in dialect grammar Susanne Wagner Wagner, Susanne

15 'Be pleased to report expressly': the development of a public style in Late Modern English business and official correspondence Marina Dossena Dossena, Marina

16 Registering the language-dictionaries, diction and the art of elocution Lynda Mugglestone Mugglestone, Lynda

List of figures

List of maps

List of tables

Notes on contributors

Preface

1 Attitudes and concerns in eighteenth-century English Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond 1

2 Prescriptivism and the suppression of variation Joan C. Beal Beal, Joan C. 21

3 Women's grammars Carol Percy Percy, Carol 38

4 Eighteenth-century women and their norms of correctness Ingrid Tieken-Boon Van Ostade Van Ostade, Ingrid Tieken-Boon 59

5 Lowth as an icon of prescriptivism Ingrid Tieken-Boon Van Ostade Van Ostade, Ingrid Tieken-Boon 73

6 Queeney Thrale and the teaching of English grammar Karlijn Navest Navest, Karlijn 89

7 Coalitions, networks, and discourse communities in Augustan England: The Spectator and the early eighteenth-century essay Susan Fitzmaurice Fitzmaurice, Susan 106

8 Contextualising eighteenth-century politeness: social distinction and metaphorical levelling Heli Tissari Tissari, Heli 133

9 Expressive speech acts and politeness in eighteenth-century English Andreas H. Jucker Jucker, Andreas H. 159

10 Variation and change in eighteenth-century English Richard W. Bailey Bailey, Richard W. 182

11 Variation in sentential complements in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English: a processing-based explanation Teresa Fanego Fanego, Teresa 200

12 Nationality and standardisation in eighteenth-century Scotland Charles Jones Jones, Charles 221

13 English in eighteenth-century Ireland Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond 235

14 Changes and continuities in dialect grammar Susanne Wagner Wagner, Susanne 269

15 'Be pleased to report expressly': the development of a public style in Late Modern English business and official correspondence Marina Dossena Dossena, Marina 293

16 Registering the language - dictionaries, diction and the art of elocution Lynda Mugglestone Mugglestone, Lynda 309

Timeline for the eighteenth century Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond 339

References 360

Late modern English language studies Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond 403

Indexes 414

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