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The grammarian and the lexicographer doth protest too much

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Presented at Language and Usage session
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Many grammarians and lexicographers in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England protested loudly that English was superior to other languages. In prefaces and introductions to their dictionaries, lexicographers emphasized the quality and abundance of English words. They were vocal about keeping slang and foreign words out of dictionaries. This defensive and protective stance toward the vernacular can be accounted for in several ways. First, the vernacular was perceived by anyone who knew L...

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San Jose State University, CA, United States
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uuid:316f329e-d9f3-454a-b872-e11064dd65e3
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