Historiographia Linguistica: special issue on Lowth and his grammar

This month, a special issue of Historiographia Linguistica has come out called Robert Lowth (1710-1787): The making of his grammar and its influence (HL XXXIX/1, 2012).  The issue, which was guest-edited by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, has been dedicated to the memory of R.C. Alston, who died last year, and without whose bibliography on grammars none of the work on the English grammatical tradition down to 1800 would have been possible.

The volume formally concludes the research project The Codifiers and the English Language: Tracing the Norms of Standard English financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, which ran from 2005-2010 and was directed by Ingrid Tieken. It includes a variety of articles on various topics related to Lowth and his grammar, both within an English context and a wider European one.

Table of contents:

  • Robert Lowth as a Codifier of the English Language: An introduction (Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade)
  • Robert Lowth and the Critics: Literary contexts for the “Critical Notes” in his Short Introduction to English Grammar (1762) (Carol Percy)
  • Lowth’s Legacy in Teaching English to Foreigners: The case of Thomas Connelly’s English grammar in Spain (Maria E. Rodríguez-Gil)
  • ‘Lowthian’ Linguistics across the North Sea (Gijsbert Rutten)
  • “My imperfect attempt towards an English Grammar”: Lowth’s indebtedness to James Harris in revising his grammar (Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade)
  • Lowth and ‘Perfect Time’: The periphrastic have-perfect in 18th-century English grammars (Jim Walker)
  • Heinrich Christoph Albrecht’s Versuch einer critischen Englischen Sprachlehre : Tracing Robert Lowth in an 18th-century textbook for the teaching and learning of English (Göran Wolf)
  • Lowth Holdings in Winchester College (Geoffrey Day and Suzanne Foster)
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