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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 traditional grammarians 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 early grammar books disappeared from schoolrooms long ago, the rules they taught—"Never end a sentence with a preposition!"—reverberate to this day. Pre-order your copy now.

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