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The Bishop's Grammar: Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade


This book examines the life, language and grammar of Robert Lowth (1710–1787), founder of prescriptivism. Drawing on private documents, it maps his social networks and compares his own language to the grammar's model of correctness. By analysing his role in the establishment of the prescriptive canon, it portrays Lowth as a precursor to usage guides like Fowler's Modern English Usage.

Keywords: codification, prescriptivism, grammar writing, communicative competence, corpus linguistics, eighteenth century, Lowth, correctness, letters, sociolinguistics, linguistic norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, author
English Department, University of Leiden