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Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change
     

Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change

by Raymond Hickey
 

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ISBN-10: 052188764X

ISBN-13: 9780521887649

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521887649
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of maps x

List of tables xi

Notes on contributors xii

Preface xvii

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

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

3 Women's grammars Carol Percy 38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 English in eighteenth-century Ireland Raymond Hickey 235

14 Changes and continuities in dialect grammar Bernd Kortmann Susanne Wagner 269

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

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

Timeline for the eighteenth century Raymond Hickey 339

References 360

Late modern English language studies Raymond Hickey 403

Indexes 414

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