Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 23:32:00 -0500 From: "Jeutonne P. Brewer" Subject: Re: double negatives and other prescriptions On Sun, 16 Nov 1997, Kusujiro Miyoshi wrote: > The discussion on double negatives is quite interesting for me in > that it reminds me the arguments in England in the eighteenth > century. This discussion seems to be the one being had between > Priestley and Lowth. Thanks for mentioning Priestley. He provides a good 18th century contrast to Lowth later prescriptive popularizing grammarians like Lindley Murray. Unfortunately, the Lowthian ideas are the ones that still appear in school grammars. 18th century grammarians like Lowth proclaimed a whole series of prescriptive statements about English. I remember that Albert Baugh's history of the language book has/had an interesting list of these. Offhand, I remember different than/different from in the list. The 18th century grammarians were also prescriptively important in imposing generic "he" as "correct." Jeutonne ********************************************** Jeutonne P. Brewer, Associate Professor Department of English University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC 27412 email: jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] URL: ***********************************************