Current Issues in Late Modern English

by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Volume editor) Wim van der Wurff (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings 446 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 77


Late Modern English is a fruitful period for linguistic research of all kinds. This became evident once again at the Third Late Modern English Conference, held at the University of Leiden in 2007, from which the papers presented in this volume derive. Themes dealt with include the nature, form and effects of prescription, an issue of increasing importance during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; grammars and dictionaries produced during the period; specific topics in Late Modern English grammar and lexis; the language of letters; and methodological issues in the study of Late Modern English as such.


ISBN (Softcover)
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 436 pp.

Biographical notes

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Volume editor) Wim van der Wurff (Volume editor)

The Editors: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade holds a Chair in English Sociohistorical Linguistics at the University of Leiden. Her research interests include historical social network analysis and the English standardisation process, in particular codification and prescription. She is editor of the internet journal Historical Sociolinguistics and Sociohistorical Linguistics, and is the director of the VICI research project ‘The Codifiers and the English Language’. She is currently writing a book on Robert Lowth and the rise of prescriptivism that is expected to appear in 2010. Wim van der Wurff is senior lecturer in English language and linguistics at Newcastle University (UK). His research interests include English historical syntax, mechanisms of linguistic change, the syntax and semantics of imperative clauses, and Bengali linguistics.


Title: Current Issues in Late Modern English