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ELang 527 - Early Modern English: Correctness Assignment

Correctness Assignment

This assignment is designed to help the class come to a better understanding of how the eighteenth-century grammarians regarded correctness. The eighteenth-century grammarians are widely credited with initiating the prescriptive tradition that is still prevalent today, yet their grammars do not reveal a monolithic prescriptive stance. Grammarians varied in the degree of their interest in correctness and in the rigidity of their opinions. By looking at an eighteenth-century grammar in depth, you should better understand how the grammarians treated grammar.

You should choose an eighteenth-century grammar and report on it. You may choose any grammar published in the eighteenth century, besides those written by Lowth and Priestley.

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