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Lowth's Own Usage and the Grammar's Norm of Correctness

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/9780199579273.003.0007
Lowth's Own Usage and the Grammar's Norm of Correctness

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Lowth's awareness of grammatical appropriateness to context as determined by style and addressee. It links actual usage in the letters to the norm presented in the grammar, showing the fallacy of the assumption that his rules were based on his own usage, and also that the language of the aristocracy served as his model of correctness.

Keywords: usage problems; linguistic norm; model of correctness; grammar rules; upper-class usage

Chapter.  11644 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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