Grammar Wars: Language As Cultural Battlefield in 17th- And 18th-Century England

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Mitchell (San Jose State U.) examines linguistic change and the controversies over the teaching and study of grammar in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England, based on research from over 300 grammar texts of the time. Coverage includes issues of standardization of grammar in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the use of an architectural metaphor to develop a pedagogy for grammar teaching, the use of grammar books to teach vocational writing skills, issues surrounding the concepts of universal language and universal grammar, and the use of grammar to create and maintain an identity for marginal groups, thus regulating their social position. For scholars in linguistics, language pedagogy, education, and sociology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754602729
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vi
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1
1 Vernacular Claims Victory 17
English and Latin Models
Inversion of Linguistic Authority
2 "Reformation of Schooles": Hartlib, Comenius, Milton 46
Architectural Metaphors
Comenius and Hartlib
Reception of Comenius's Ideas
Less Grammar, More Reading and Writing
3 The Battle: Good Grammar or Good Writing 73
Putting Grammar to Work
Rhetoric Subsumes Grammar: Grammar Texts as Rhetoric Handbooks
Grammar Texts and Composition in the Schoolroom
4 Repairing Babel: Battles in Universal Language and Universal Grammar 108
Language Acquisition: Descartes and Locke
Universal Schemes in Seventeenth-Century England
Universal Language in Eighteenth-Century England
5 Regulating Social Position 133
Grammar for Foreigners: A Moral and National Identity
Grammar for the "Weaker Sex": How Much is Morally Appropriate?
Self-Generated Identity: The Middle Class and Birth of the "Language Police"
Afterword 165
Bibliography 168
Index 208
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