Editor: Joan C. Beal
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Editor: Massimo Sturiale
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The colloquium Perspectives on Prescriptivism (20-22 April 2006) was hosted by the University of Catania - Faculty of Foreign Languages - in Ragusa. Until very recently, the received view among linguists was that prescriptivism was a 'bad thing', something only worth considering in order to condemn it as a product of unenlightened thinking. The organisers wished to encourage participants to look at linguistic prescriptivism from a wide range of perspectives. Some of the main questions asked were: To what extent is the concept of prescriptivism to be considered a typical product of the 18th century? What is the attitude of 21st-century scholars and language guardians towards linguistic 'correctness'? To what extent were books more prescriptive - rather than descriptive - in what has generally been described as 'the age of correctness'? Some of the answers are to be found in this volume.
Joan C. Beal: 'Shamed by your English?': The Market Value of a 'Good' Pronunciation - Marina Dossena: Prescriptivism a Century Ago: Business Correspondence Taught to Emigrants - A Case Study - Karlijn Navest: Ash's Grammatical Institutes and 'Mrs Teachwell's Library for Her Young Ladies' - Larisa Oldireva Gustafsson: Phonoaesthetic Assessment of Words in 18th-century Prescriptions and Later - Carol Percy: Liberty, Sincerity, (In)accuracy: Prescriptions for Manly English in 18th-century Reviews and the 'Republic of Letters' - Laura Pinnavaia: Charles Richardson: Prescriptivist or Descriptivist? An Analysis Based on A New Dictionary of the English Language (1836-37) - Giuliana Russo: Joseph Priestley's The Rudiments of English Grammar; Adapted to the Use of schools. With Observations on Style (1761) - Massimo Sturiale: Prescriptivism and 18th-century Bilingual Dictionaries. William Perry's The Standard French and English Pronouncing Dictionary (1795) - Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade: The Codifiers and the History of Multiple Negation in English, or, Why Were 18th-century Grammarians So Obsessed with Double Negation? - Laura Wright: Social Attitudes Towards Londoners' Front-glide Insertion After Velar Consonants and Before Front Vowels - Nuria Yáñez-Bouza: To End or Not to End a Sentence with a Preposition: An 18th-century Debate.
Discipline of Linguistics