American grammarians

This entry was written by Victorina González Díaz

Dear All

I am currently doing some work on British vs. American grammarians from 1700-1900. I’ve been able to compile a rather large list of references on British grammarians and their ideology; however, my bibliography on American grammarians is rather limited (the most useful references I’ve found are Butters’ and Finegan’s chapters in CHEL 7 and some articles on Noah Webster).

I’d therefore be very grateful if anybody could point me to some relevant work on the topic. Thanks in advance for your help!


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  1. ingrid tieken

    Have you seen the books by Dennis E. Baron? There is one called Grammar and Good Taste. Reforming the American Language (1982), which you will probably find most useful, and another called Grammar and Gender (1986), which seems less relevant. And there is of course also the book by Edward Finegan, Language, its sdtructure and use (1989) which also deals with grammar writing.

  2. Anita

    These are works that deal with American grammars/grammarians:

    Wächtler, K. “Goold Brown: The American Grammarian of Grammarians in the Nineteenth Century,” pp. 351-362. Leitner, Gerhard (ed.). The English Reference Grammar: Language and Linguistics, Writers and Readers. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1986.

    English Traditional Grammars: An International Perspective. Leitner, Gerhard (ed.). Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1991.

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