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The Grammar and the Rise of Prescriptivism

Ingrid Tieken‐Boon van Ostade

in The Bishop's Grammar: Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199579273
eISBN:
9780191595219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579273.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

As a normative grammar, and with its critical footnotes, Lowth's grammar heralds the next stage in the English standardisation process. It anticipates the rise of the usage guide in the next decades ... More


The usage guide: Evolution of a genre

Robin Straaijer

in English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

Drawing on data from the Hyper Usage Guide of English (HUGE) database (Straaijer 2014), this chapter sets the context for the other chapters of the collection by exploring the usage guide as a genre ... More


Usage problems in American English

Viktorija Kostadinova

in English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

This chapter explores the complexity of attitudes to the usage problems ain’t, literally, and like in American English, from the point of view of both prescriptivist discourse found in usage guides ... More


English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (ed.)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

Usage guides, or language advice manuals, are being published in large numbers, both in Britain and the US. The first titles that usually spring to mind are Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1926) or ... More


From usage guides to language blogs

Morana Lukač

in English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

Public debates on language use today have switched platforms from newspaper columns to social media, and instead of turning the pages of printed usage guides, English speakers most commonly turn to ... More


Introduction

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

in English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

Usage guides are an extremely popular genre, as is evident from new titles being published year after year and established ones being revised and reprinted. They are a marketable product, as both ... More


The King’s English by Kingsley Amis: A publisher’s project

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

in English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

The famous English novelist Kingsley Amis also wrote a usage guide, called The King’s English, published posthumously in 1997. This title refers to his illustrious predecessor Henry Fowler, who is ... More


Even more complete plain words

Rebecca Gowers

in English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198808206
eISBN:
9780191845888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

Ernest Gowers wrote the first, pamphlet version of Plain Words in 1948. It had been commissioned by the Treasury, and was designed to encourage clarity and kindness in the writing of over-formal, ... More


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