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The English Language: Essays by English and American Men of Letter: 1490-1839 By W.F. Bolton

The English Language: Essays by English and American Men of Letter: 1490-1839
by W.F. Bolton

The writers represented here are concerned with the history, the use, the reform or the changing nature of English.
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This is a collection of essays about the English language by English and American men of letters, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries; that is, until the rise of formal linguistic studies. The writers represented are concerned with the history, the use, the reform or the changing nature of English. Topics discussed include the defence of English as a literary language; the relationship with other languages; propriety in literary style; the psychological bases of speech; the relationship between words and things; usage; the need for academies and standards of correctness; the rise of lexicography; spelling reform; prescriptive grammar. These essays are the most important serious attempts to consider the language from various standpoints. Students of English in university departments will find this a convenient and comprehensive collection. It is also in itself an illustration of the development of the literary language.

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GOR002397879
Title
The English Language: Essays by English and American Men of Letter: 1490-1839
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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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244
ISBN 10
0521093791
ISBN 13
9780521093798
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