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A New English Grammar 2 Volume Set: Logical and Historical (Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics)

A New English Grammar 2 Volume Set: Logical and Historical (Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781108075275
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: Aug 21, 2014
  • Edition: Reissue
  • Pages: 682 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.6 x 5.6 inches

Overview

The respected phonetician and philologist Henry Sweet (1845-1912) has had a lasting influence on the study and teaching of linguistics, particularly phonetics and Old English. Sweet is also known for being, in part, the inspiration for Henry Higgins in Shaw's Pygmalion. This two-volume work, first published in 1892-8, marks the start of a new tradition in the study of English, although it received little attention in Britain upon its publication. Building on developments in European linguistics, this was the first grammar of English to adopt a scientific approach to the description of language, in particular of phonology. This work is a thorough description of English grammar in comparison with that of Old English, and covers the parts of speech, phonology, accidence and syntax. Sweet's work is notable for its focus on the spoken language as well as the written, and for its use of casual speech as examples.

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