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Books: Grammar, Rhetoric and Usage in English: Yáñez-Bouza

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Date: 05-Apr-2019
From: Lucy Ridgway <>
Subject: Grammar, Rhetoric and Usage in English: Yáñez-Bouza
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Title: Grammar, Rhetoric and Usage in English
Subtitle: Preposition Placement 1500–1900
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Nuria Yáñez-Bouza
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108713177 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108713177 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108713177 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 28.00

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced book.

The preposition is of particular interest to syntacticians, historians and sociolinguists of English, as its placement within a sentence is influenced by syntactic and sociolinguistic constraints, and by how the 'rules' regarding prepositions have changed over time, as a result of language change, of change in attitudes towards language, and of processes such as standardization. This book investigates preposition placement in the early and late Modern English periods (1500–1900), with a special focus on preposition stranding (The house which I live in) in opposition to pied piping (The house in which I live). Based on a large-scale analysis of precept and usage data, this study reassesses the alleged influence of late eighteenth-century normative works on language usage. It also sheds new light on the origins of the stigmatisation of preposition stranding. This study will be of interest to scholars working on syntax and grammar, corpus linguistics, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.

1. Introduction; 2. Methodology; 3. Eighteenth-century precept; 4. Usage in early and late Modern English; 5. Grammar, rhetoric and style; 6. Latent awareness; 7. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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