Lindley Murray (1745–1826), Quaker and Grammarian

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Lindley Murray (1745–1826), Quaker and Grammarian

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Lindley Murray (1745–1826), Quaker and Grammarian
Author: Fens- de Zeeuw, Lyda
Publisher: LOT, Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics : Utrecht
Issue Date: 2011-09-14
Keywords: Grammar
Historical sociolinguistics
Late Modern English
Letter-writing practices
Abstract: The American-born Quaker Lindley Murray (1745–1826) arguably was the most influential English language grammarian; undeniably he was the best-selling one. Murray was the author of the English Grammar (1795), and between 1795 and the middle of the nineteenth century millions of copies were sold of this grammar alone, while several of his other textbooks were no less popular. In my dissertation, I paint a comprehensive portrait of this prolific writer, and I investigate how Murray’s Quakerism influenced his language use, by analysing a corpus of 262 of his unpublished private letters. In addition, I compared his own usage to the rules that he compiled for his English Grammar, to see whether Murray practiced what he preached.
Description: Promotor: I.M. Tieken-Boon van Ostade
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Fens-de Zeeuw, L., 2011, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: LOT : 283
ISBN: 9789460930669
Sponsor: NWO

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