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By Carey McIntosh

Among 1700 and 1800 English prose turned extra well mannered and not more heavily tied to speech. a wide scale feminisation of literary and different values coincided with the improvement of a mature print tradition; those historic traits make themselves felt within the evolution of prose. during this e-book Carey McIntosh explores oral dimensions of written texts not just in writers corresponding to speedy, Defoe and Astell, who've a robust colloquial base, but in addition in additional bookish writers, together with Shaftesbury, Johnson and Burke. After 1760, McIntosh argues, prose turned extra dignified and extra self-consciously rhetorical. He examines the hot correctness, subsidized via prescriptive grammars and Scottish rhetorics of the 3rd region of the century; the recent politeness, backed through girls writers; and standardisation, which via definition inspired precision and abstractness in language. This ebook deals aid for a speculation that those will not be merely stylistic adjustments but additionally significant occasions within the heritage of the language.

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