Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 748.
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 07:29:22 +0100
From: "Simon LeFranc" <simonlefranc@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: development of American English usage
I am looking for projects or archives (especially digital) that document
the development of American English in (approximately) 1780-1840,
particularly with regard to:
the first truly "American" grammars and dictionaries
competing 18th and 19th c. grammars and grammarians
competing approaches to teaching grammar and usage
prescriptivists vs. descriptivists (and who won)
In addition, I suppose the American idiom began its emergence with the
first settlers, but I am curious: when did American educators stop looking
to England for language authority and rule-setting?
If you are aware of such projects, I would be grateful if you would post them.
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