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The The English Language : Volume 1, Essays by English and American Men of Letters, 1490-1839: The English Language: Volume 1, Essays by English and American Men of Letters, 1490-1839 v. 1 - W.F. Bolton

The The English Language

Volume 1, Essays by English and American Men of Letters, 1490-1839: The English Language: Volume 1, Essays by English and American Men of Letters, 1490-1839 v. 1

By: W.F. Bolton, David Crystal (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd March 1966
ISBN: 9780521093798
Number Of Pages: 244

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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.

Introduction
Prologue to Eneydos
'That the English tung hath matter', from The First Part of the Elementarie
'Of the languages spoken in this Iland', from Holinshed's Chronicles
'The Languages', from Remaines Concerning Britain
Excerpt from Timber: or, Discoveries
'Of Speech', from Leviathan
'Defence of the Epilogue'
'Of Languages, and Particularly of the Saxon Tongue'
'Of Words or Language in general' and 'Of the Signification of Words', from An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding
'Of Academies', from An Essay upon Projects
Spectator 135
'A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue'
Letter to The World
Preface to A Dictionary of the English Language
'An Essay on" Spelling', from Dissertations on the English Language
'On Modern Innovations in the English Language and in Printing'
'Syntax, as Relating to Nouns', from A Grammar of the English Language
'English Grammar'
'Language' from Nature
'The English Language'
Study questions
Select index of literary and linguistic topics
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521093798
ISBN-10: 0521093791
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 3rd March 1966
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31

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