Language

Language

From The Adventures of English (also called History of English Language),  Episodes 6 (Links to an external site.) or 8 (Links to an external site.).
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From The Story of English, Episodes 5 (Links to an external site.), 8  (Links to an external site.), or 9 (Links to an external site.)
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From The History of English (Links to an external site.) , use “Late Modern English” (Links to an external site.)
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From Studying the History of English (Links to an external site.), use the sections on “Late Modern English (Links to an external site.)” and “Standardization (Links to an external site.).”

1.) Discuss some of the factors that led to language Prescriptivism in the 17th and 18 centuries in Britain and North America.  What do you find interesting or surprising about the Prescriptivist movement?

2.) Discuss some of the attitudes about English that ONE of following individuals had: John Locke, Isaac Newton, Jonathon Swift, Samuel Johnson, Richard Sheridan, Joseph Addison, Joseph Priestly, or Robert Lowth.  What do you find interesting or surprising about their attitudes or influences.

3.) How and why did some aspects of language Prescriptivism succeed, and how and why did most aspects of it fail?  What do you find interesting or surprising about some of the successes or failures?

From The Adventures of English (also called History of English Language),  Episodes 6 (Links to an external site.) or 8 (Links to an external site.).
–OR–
From The Story of English, Episodes 5 (Links to an external site.), 8  (Links to an external site.), or 9 (Links to an external site.)
–OR–
From The History of English (Links to an external site.) , use “Late Modern English” (Links to an external site.)
–OR–
From Studying the History of English (Links to an external site.), use the sections on “Late Modern English (Links to an external site.)” and “Standardization (Links to an external site.).”

1.) Discuss some of the factors that led to language Prescriptivism in the 17th and 18 centuries in Britain and North America.  What do you find interesting or surprising about the Prescriptivist movement?

2.) Discuss some of the attitudes about English that ONE of following individuals had: John Locke, Isaac Newton, Jonathon Swift, Samuel Johnson, Richard Sheridan, Joseph Addison, Joseph Priestly, or Robert Lowth.  What do you find interesting or surprising about their attitudes or influences.

3.) How and why did some aspects of language Prescriptivism succeed, and how and why did most aspects of it fail?  What do you find interesting or surprising about some of the successes or failures?

4.) From “Standardization (Links to an external site.)” (Studying the History of English), describe some elements of or influences on the “emerging London standard” and the “Chancery Practice.” What do you find interesting or surprising about those elements/influences?

4.) From “Standardization (Links to an external site.)” (Studying the History of English), describe some elements of or influences on the “emerging London standard” and the “Chancery Practice.” What do you find interesting or surprising about those elements/influences?

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