A Dictionary of English Normative Grammar, 1700-1800 (Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 63)

A Dictionary of English Normative Grammar, 1700-1800 (Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 63)

By: Kari E. Haugland (author), Anne Kari Bjorge (author), Bertil Sundby (author)Hardback

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Eighteenth-century English grammarians plead eloquently for purity, precision and perspicuity, but their method of teaching largely amounts to citing examples of impurity, imprecision and lack of clarity from contemporary writings. This book is the first of its kind to provide a detailed systematic account of such 'errors'. Apart from source and page references, the Dictionary gives the context of the error (I have not wept this forty years), the correct or 'target' form ('these forty years'), the name of the authors quoted by the grammarians ('Addison', 'Swift'), and the labels which sum up their assessment of the error ('absurd', 'solecism'). It operates with error categories such as ambiguity, ellipsis and government (fourteen in all), which are subdivided into grammatically described main entries, subentries, and so on. The Introduction includes a guide to the use of the Dictionary, the grammatical code, and a discussion of grammatical concepts, error typologies, problems of identifying literary sources, attitudes to correctness, grammatical figures, and other topics. A Bibliography and an Index of lexical items and technical terms round off the volume. The way the Dictionary is organized should make it possible to find in it the answer to a wide variety of questions pertaining to grammar, style and linguistic historiography.

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Contents

1. Introduction; 2. I. Background; 3. II. The eighteenth-century grammar book; 4. 1. Introduction; 5. 2. Parts of speech; 6. 3. Syntax; 7. 4. Exercises; 8. 5. Grammatical figures; 9. 6. Authorship; 10. III. Principles of delimitation and selection; 11. 1. Grammar delimited; 12. 2. Sources; 13. 3. Citations; 14. IV. Error typologies; 15. V. Overall structure; 16. VI. Error categories; 17. VII. Sources quoted by the grammarians; 18. 1. Problems of identification; 19. 2. Alphabetical list; 20. 3. Frequency list; 21. VIII. Labels; 22. 1. Attitudes to correctness and the Dictionary; 23. 2. Index; 24. IX. Guide to the use of the Dictionary; 25. 1. Introduction; 26. 2. Error tokens; 27. 3. Source references; 28. 4. Page references; 29. 5. Citations; 30. 6. Source forms; 31. 7. Target forms; 32. 8. Entry headings; 33. 9. Alphabetical lists; 34. 10. Labels; 35. 11. Entry notes; 36. X. Grammatical code; 37. XI. List of error categories and main entries; 38. The Dictionary; 39. Ambiguity; 40. Introductory; 41. List of main entries; 42. Dictionary data; 43. Collocation; 44. Introductory; 45. List of main entries; 46. Dictionary data; 47. Concord; 48. Introductory; 49. List of main entries; 50. Dictionary data; 51. Contraction; 52. Introductory; 53. List of main entries; 54. Dictionary data; 55. Cooccurrence; 56. Introductory; 57. List of main entries; 58. Dictionary data; 59. Differentiation; 60. Introductory; 61. List of main entries; 62. Dictionary data; 63. Ellipsis; 64. Introductory; 65. List of main entries; 66. Dictionary data; 67. Government; 68. Introductory; 69. List of main entries; 70. Dictionary data; 71. Inflection; 72. Introductory; 73. List of main entries; 74. Dictionary data; 75. Phraseology; 76. Introductory; 77. Dictionary data; 78. Redundancy; 79. Introductory; 80. List of main entries; 81. Dictionary data; 82. Sequence; 83. Introductory; 84. List of main entries; 85. Dictionary data; 86. Tautology; 87. Introductory; 88. List of main entries; 89. Dictionary data; 90. Transposition; 91. Introductory; 92. List of main entries; 93. Dictionary data; 94. Bibliography; 95. I. Primary sources; 96. 1. Alphabetical-chronological list; 97. 2. Frequency lists; 98. II. Other early sources; 99. 1. Alphabetical list; 100. 2. Frequency list; 101. III. Modern works consulted; 102. Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/1991
  • ISBN13: 9789027245502
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 496
  • ID: 9789027245502
  • weight: 750
  • ISBN10: 9027245509

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