Monthly Archives: May 2008

Who was the most prescriptive 18th-century grammar?

Usually, Lowth is given the credit for this. But he wasn’t, not by a long shot. Any idea whose grammar has the largest number of proscriptive comments?


Last Friday, I presented a paper on the OED, the ODNB and ECCO during which I focussed on the question of how we can search the data now that it is available in electronic format. There are some examples in the attached powerpoint presentations, but more suggestions will be very welcome indeed. Please enter them in the comments box below. Download file