English Traditional Grammars: An International Perspective

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Gerhard Leitner
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 392 pages
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Until recently grammars of English have received surprisingly little scholarly attention, while a lot of research is done on dictionaries. It appears, however, that learners of English shy away from modern grammars and prefer to consult dictionaries or traditional reference grammars instead. This raises questions as to the relationship between theoretical linguistics and grammar writing and calls for more research into this area, especially for the period from 1800 onwards, which was crucial for the development of grammatical thinking and its acceptance (or rejection) at all educational levels today.This volume brings together work from international experts on the historiography of English grammar writing who deal with a variety of topics grouped into three overlapping sections: I. Native Grammars of English, II. Non-native Grammars of English, and III. Grammatical Analyses. The volume includes summaries of the articles and a name index.
  

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Contents

Why cant someone write a nice simple grammar?
1
Native Grammars of English
9
MORE THAN ENOUGH ENGLISH GRAMMARS
11
TRENDS THAT SHAPED THE DEVELOPMENT OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN GRAMMAR WRITING
27
WD WHITNEYS ESSENTIALS OF ENGLISH GRAMMER FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS 1877
39
EA SONNESNCHEIN AND GRAMMATICAL TERMINOLOGY
57
FACTORS IN THE GROWTH OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY IRELAND
81
THE FOWLER BROTHERS AND THE TRADITION OE USAGE HANDBOOKS
93
GERMAN GRAMMERS OF ENGLISH PRIOR TO 1860
205
EDUARD ADOLF MAETZNER 18051902
233
KARL AND MAX DEUTSCHBEINS ENGLISH GRAMMAR MANUALS
257
ADOLF LAMPRECHTS GERMANGRAMMAR OF ENGLISH
277
Grammatical Analyses
291
PACTS AND EXPLANATIONS
293
REFERENCE AND ARTICLES
309
TENSE AND ASPECT IN GERMAN GRAMMARS OF ENGLISH IN THE PAST FIFTY YEARS
329

AMERICAN ENGLISH GRAMMARS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
113
Nonnative Grammars of English
139
THE BELGIAN CONTRIBUTION
141
E KRUISINGA
153
ENGLISH GRAMMARS IN POSTWAR CZECHOSLOVAKIA
175
MODALITY AND THE MODALS IN TRADITIONAL GRAMMARS OF ENGLISH
349
THE RÔLE OF AMERICAN ENGLISH IN TRADITIONAL GRAMMARS OF ENGLISH
369
Summaryof Articles
381
INDEX OF NAMES
387
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