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Founding Grammars:

How Early America's War over Words Shaped Today's Language

•due May 2015 from St. Martin's Press•



Founding Grammars gets to the roots of America's grammar obsession—the eighteenth-century fight between traditionalists and innovators over how Americans should talk. The winners not only captured the lucrative grammar book market, but shaped the linguistic landscape for future generations. Although the era's best-selling grammar books have long been out of print, the rules they taught—"Never end a sentence with a preposition!"—still reverberate to this day.

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