Abbott’s prescriptivism

In his Shakespeare’s Grammar (2003), Jonathan Hope aims at providing an updated version of Abbott’s grammar of 1870. In my review of the book, which has finally appeared just now (English Studies 87/4, 499-501), I argue that the result was not very successful. But one thing that is of particular interest in the book is Hope’s comment that Abbott’s approach to Shakespeare’s language was prescriptivist. I think that an analysis of Abbott’s prescriptive comments would be of considerable analysis, and would merit a separate study. 

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