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Title: John Ash and the Rise of the Children's Grammar
Written By: Karlijn Navest
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Description:

From the second half of the eighteenth century onwards a knowledge of
grammar served as an important marker of class in England. In order to
enable their children to rise in society, middle-class parents expected their
sons and daughters to learn English grammar. Since England did not have an
Academy which would produce an authoritative grammar, many individuals
took it upon themselves to compose grammars, and the Baptist minister
John Ash (1724?–1779) was one of them. Ash’s Grammatical Institutes
(1760) was originally written for the author’s five year-old daughter and was
printed for the use of his schoolmaster friends. The grammar became
available to a wide public in 1766 when it was published in London, as The
Easiest Introduction to Dr. Lowth’s English Grammar. Unlike Robert Lowth,
whose grammar was regarded as being too difficult for beginners, Ash fared
much better in producing an elementary manual, and it consequently played
an important role in the rise of the children’s grammar.

Making extensive use of primary source materials such as grammars, letters,
reviews and newspaper advertisements, this study contributes to existing
scholarship in the field of eighteenth-century grammars and grammarians.
It provides an in-depth study of Ash’s Grammatical Institutes and its
influence on other popular grammars for children, such as those written by
Lady Ellenor Fenn and the nineteenth-century female grammarians.
This book is of interest to sociohistorical linguists working in the field of
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century grammar-writing, as well as to book
historians and historians of education and children’s literature.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930614