A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR ROBERT LOWTH PDF

Lowth obtained his BA in and his Master of Arts degree in In , while still at Oxford, Lowth took orders in the Anglican Church and was appointed vicar of Ovington, Hampshire , a position he retained until , when he was appointed Oxford Professor of Poetry. Bishop Lowth made a translation of the book of Isaiah, first published in The Seventh-day Adventist theologian E.

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Reviewed by Julie M. Winter , Gonzaga University. Ingrid Tieken-Boon von Ostade has long been fascinated by Robert Lowth and his A short introduction to English grammar , first published in The author wants to set the record straight and give Lowth his proper due for the novel work he created and absolve him of the role he has come to inhabit in modern linguistics—that of the stern bishop who tried to prescribe the rules of English.

One of the many strengths of this undertaking is its reliance on a newly available database containing a large number of letters and other materials written by and to Lowth These documents give insight into the person of Lowth and his social milieu, thus enabling an understanding of his real motivation for writing the grammar and of what happened to the work after it was published.

These materials furthermore demonstrate how Lowth and the people he corresponded with actually used language and are, therefore, important documents in tracing the socio-historical development of English.

According to the author, Lowth never intended to write a prescriptive grammar; rather, he wrote the book for his son who was about to enter school and start a formal study of Latin. Lowth thought that by describing the rules of English, he would give his son a foundation for learning Latin grammar.

It was natural that the grammar was written using Latin terminology and parts of speech, as this was the only model available at the time. It went through several editions and was copied, pirated, and plagiarized by other writers. In particular, Lindley Murray copied extensively from Lowth, but phrased the rules and strictures in such a way as to make them prescriptive in nature, rather than descriptive as Lowth intended.

It is true that Lowth gave numerous examples of usage mistakes by English authors in his footnotes, but these were not intended to be the main focus of his grammar.

This book is a remarkable work, solidly researched and written with finesse and attention to detail. By Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade. Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN

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Reviewed by Julie M. Winter , Gonzaga University. Ingrid Tieken-Boon von Ostade has long been fascinated by Robert Lowth and his A short introduction to English grammar , first published in The author wants to set the record straight and give Lowth his proper due for the novel work he created and absolve him of the role he has come to inhabit in modern linguistics—that of the stern bishop who tried to prescribe the rules of English. One of the many strengths of this undertaking is its reliance on a newly available database containing a large number of letters and other materials written by and to Lowth These documents give insight into the person of Lowth and his social milieu, thus enabling an understanding of his real motivation for writing the grammar and of what happened to the work after it was published. These materials furthermore demonstrate how Lowth and the people he corresponded with actually used language and are, therefore, important documents in tracing the socio-historical development of English.

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