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Readership: Given the widespread current prejudices about Lowth and his grammar this book is likely to arouse passionate arguments for and against his ideas. Professor Geoffrey Pullum (Edinburgh) and John Humphries would be pro and Professor David Crystal and Melvin Bragg likely to be anti. The book will appeal to scholars and students of the history
of English and linguistic historiography and to all those interested in questions of linguistic correctness.
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, English Department, University of Leiden
"Tieken's great virtue is paying attention to what Lowth actually wrote, both for publication and for private circulation. rather than depending on the caricatures. She has discovered a writer on language who was uncommonly sensitive to different degrees of formality ... The Bishop's Grammar is not the last word on Lowth but, if we're lucky, it will reduce the amount of foolishness attributed to "the eighteenth-century grammarians" by those who haven't bothered to read them." - Jack Lynch, Times Literary Supplement
"This is a key book for any scholar working on grammatical norms of the English language, and/or the codification and standardisation of English. Tieken-Boon van Ostade provides an alternative account to the standard
depiction of Robert Lowth as an initiator of prespective grammar... it would be of great interest to a range of scholars, from those working on the nuances of eighteenth century grammar, to those looking at modern usage, and more broadly at the codification and standardisation of languages. Tieken-Boon van Ostade presents her argument well throughout the text, and it is clear that she is a stalwart defender of Lowth's name." - Laura Paterson The Linguist
1: Prejudice and Misconceptions
2: Life and Career
3: The Grammar: Origin and Publication History
4: The Grammar: Contents and Approach
5: Reconstructing Lowth's Social Network
6: Communicative Competence and the Language of the Letters
7: Lowth's Own Usage and the Grammar's Norm of Correctness
8: The Grammar and the Rise of prescriptivism
Visit the Robert Lowth webpage