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The Rise of Prescriptivism

 

400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, commemorated on a 2005 British two pound coin

     Political Background

 
  • The impact of the Reformation on English religious practice

 
  • The dissolution of the monasteries (1536-9)

 
  • The Gunpowder Plot (1605)

 
  • Two civil wars (1642-6, 1648-51)

 
  • The execution of a king (1649)

 
  • Irish and Scottish rebellions (1649-50)

 
  • Three Dutch wars (between 1652 and 1674)

 
  • The Restoration (1660)

 
  • The Great Plague and Fire (1665-6)

 
  • The 'glorious' revolution (1688)

 

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THE RISE OF PRESCRIPTIVISM

  Political Background

  Economic and Demographic Background

  Changes in the Social Structure

  Rules of Etiquette

  The Rise of Prescriptive Approach

  Proposals for “Fixing the Language”

  What Are the Best Models of English?

  Sources of Prescription 

MODERN ENGLISH

  The "Ink-horn" Controversy 

  Humour & Pathos in Shakespeare

  Biblical Phrases Test

  British vs. American English

  More

 

 
 
 
 

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