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The English language

Author: W F Bolton
Publisher: London : Cambridge University Press, 1966-69.
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A collection of statements by literary men about the nature and use of the English language, its resources, potentialities and development.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bolton, W.F. (Whitney French), 1930-
English language.
London, Cambridge U.P., 1966-69
(OCoLC)561425468
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W F Bolton
ISBN: 0521073251 9780521073257
OCLC Number: 259115
Description: 2 volumes ; 23 cm
Contents: v. 1. Essays by English and American men of letters, 1490-1839. Prologue to Eneydos / William Caxton --
'That the English tung hath matter', from The First Part of the Elementarie / Richard Mulcaster --
'Of the languages spoken in this Iland', from Holinshed's Chronicles / William Harrison --
'The Languages', from Remaines Concerning Britain / William Camden --
Excerpt from Timber: or, Discoveries / Ben Jonson --
'Of speech', from Leviathan / Thomas Hobbes --
'Defence of the Epilogue' / John Dryden --
'Of languages, and particularly of the Saxon tongue' / Sir Thomas Browne --
'Of words or language in general' and 'Of the signification of words', from An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding / John Locke --
'Of academies', from An Essay upon Projects / Daniel Defoe --
Spectator 135 / Joseph Addison --
'A proposal for correcting, improving and ascertaining the English tongue' / Jonathan Swift --
Letter to The World / Lord Chesterfield --
Preface to A Dictionary of the English Language / Samuel Johnson --
'An essay on ... spelling', from Dissertations on the English Language / Noah Webster --
'On modern innovations in the English language and in printing' / Benjamin Franklin --
'Syntax, as relating to nouns', from A Grammar of the English Language / William Cobbett --
'English Grammar' / William Hazlitt --
"Language', from Nature / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
'The English language' / Thomas De Quincey. v. 2. Essays by linguists and men of letters, 1858-1964. 'Saxon-English', from Household Words / Charles Dickens --
'Words, logic and grammar', from Transactions of the Philological Society / Henry Sweet --
'English rational and irrational', from The Nineteenth Century / Fitzedward Hall --
'Slang in America', from the North American Review / Walt Whitman --
'General explanations', from the Introduction to A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles / J.A.H. Murray --
''A plea for speech nationalisation', letter to The Morning Leader / George Bernard Shaw --
'The society's work', Society for Pure English, Tract XXI / Robert Bridges --
'Broadcast English', BBC Pamphlet / A. Lloyd James --
'Needed words', Society for Pure English, Tract XXXI / Logan Pearsall Smith --
'Language', from Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences / Edward Sapir --
'The structure of learned words', from A Commemorative Volume / Leonard Bloomfield --
'The value of place-name study', from the Introduction to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names / Eilert Ekwall --
'The interinanimation of words', from The Philosophy of Rhetoric / I.A. Richards --
'Slang', Society for Pure English, Tract LV / Eric Partridge --
'The social significance of differences in language practice and the obligation of the schools', from American English Grammar / C.C. Fries --
'Politics and the English Language', from Horizon / George Orwell --
'English verb inflection', from Language / Bernard Bloch --
'English or American?', from The American Language / H.L. Mencken --
'A multiply ambiguous adjectival construction in English', from Language / R.B. Lees --
'Introduction', from The Pronunciation of English in the United States / H. Kurath and R.I. McDavid --
'The lexicographer's uneasy chair', from College English / James Sledd --
'Words', from Language Made Plain / Anthony Burgess.
Responsibility: selected and edited by W.F. Bolton.

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