English grammar writing

Linn, A. 2021. English grammar writing. in: Aarts, B., McMahon, A. and Hinrichs, L. (ed.) The Handbook of English Linguistics, Second Edition Hoboken NJ John Wiley and Sons Ltd. pp. 63-80

Chapter titleEnglish grammar writing
AuthorsLinn, A.
EditorsAarts, B., McMahon, A. and Hinrichs, L.
Abstract

This chapter charts the history of English grammar writing from the first published grammar of 1586 up to the end of the second decade of the 21st century. The first section covers the period up to the latter part of the 19th century, embracing grammars for English as a foreign language as well as key writers such as John Wallis and Lindley Murray. The second section covers the so-called ‘European Scholarly Tradition’ of Henry Sweet and the following generation of linguists, several of whom were the first professors of English in their home countries. The following section turns to the United States and Structuralist and Generative studies of English grammar. The final section completes the story, considering the major ‘families’ of both printed and online grammatical works. A red thread running through the chapter is the question of how and why particular approaches to grammar become ‘successful’.

KeywordsGrammar
scholarly tradition
prescriptive
descriptive
teaching
historical
Structuralist
Generative
corpus
EFL
Book titleThe Handbook of English Linguistics, Second Edition
Page range63-80
Year2021
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication dates
Published2021
Published in print03 Dec 2020
Place of publicationHoboken NJ
Edition2nd
SeriesBlackwell Handbooks in Linguistics
ISBN9781119540564
9781119540618
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119540618.ch5

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