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