274 pages | 8 B/W Illus.
Describing Prescriptivism provides a topical and thought-provoking analysis of linguistic prescriptivism in British and American English, from a historical as well as present-day perspective. Focusing on usage guides and usage problems, the book takes a three-fold approach to present an in-depth analysis of the topic, featuring:
With extensive case studies to illustrate and support claims throughout, this comprehensive study is key reading for students and researchers of prescriptivism, the history of English and sociolinguistics.
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"A welcome volume on an ever-topical matter – how to avoid the censure of self-appointed guardians of style – by a world authority on the subject. This book can be recommended to everyone interested in the background to widespread ideas about correctness in language."
Raymond Hickey, University of Duisburg and Essen, Germany
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The origin of the usage guide
Chapter 3. The usage guide – and the HUGE database
Chapter 4. The writers and the publishers
Chapter 5. Usage problems: pet linguistic peeves
Chapter 6. The language of prescriptivism
Chapter 7. Public awareness of prescriptivism
Chapter 8. The end of prescriptivism?
Appendix 1. Feedback on a blogpost (January 2015)
Appendix 2. Usage problems in the HUGE database
Appendix 3. Usage guide writers interviewed
Appendix 4. Usage guide writers’ credentials
Appendix 5. The metalinguistic categories from Sundby et al. (1991)