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Prejudice and Misconceptions

Ingrid Tieken‐Boon van Ostade

in The Bishop's Grammar

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579273
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579273.003.0001
Prejudice and Misconceptions

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Lowth's grammar (1762) and its ambivalent status today, caused by a lack of interest in the author and his work. The widespread view of Lowth as an icon of prescriptivism came about because grammar was never properly studied. Actual analysis of his so-called strictures demonstrates a descriptive rather than the alleged prescriptive approach.

Keywords: Lowth's grammar; icon of prescriptivism; prescriptive vs. descriptive; linguistic strictures; double negation

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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