The Grammar of Empire in Eighteenth-Century British Writing

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 19, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 318 pages
Moving from Scots Gaelic poet Alexander MacDonald to writers such as Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, and Tobias Smollett, Sorensen analyses British linguistic practices of imperial domination, including the enforcement of English language usage. The book also engages with the work of Samuel Johnson and Jane Austen to offer a wider understanding of the ambivalent nature of English linguistic identities."--Jacket.

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Contents

Scripting identity? English language and literacy instruction
28
Johnsons Dictionary imperial grammar and the customary
63
Tobias Smolletts
104
polite language and its originary
138
William Shaws Scots
172
Epilogue Jane Austens language and the strangeness at home
197
Notes
224
Bibliography
283
Index
302
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