Grammar Wars: Language as Cultural Battlefield in 17th and 18th Century England

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Ashgate, Jan 1, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 218 pages
"In her examination of the controversies that surrounded the teaching and study of grammar in this period, Mitchell looks especially at changing definitions and standardization of 'grammar', how and to whom it was taught, and how grammar marked the social position of marginal groups. Her comprehensive study of the contexts in which grammar was intended or thought to function is based on her analysis of the ancillary materials - prefaces, introductions, forewords, statements of intent, organization of materials, surrounding materials, and manifestos of pedagogy, philosophy, and social or political goals - of more than 300 grammar texts of the time. Grammar Wars is a landmark study of an important movement in the foundation of the modern world."--Jacket.

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Linda C. Mitchell is an assistant professor at San Jose State University.

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