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Time for a new (but not ‘New’) Fowler

  • Robin Straaijer (a1)

Is English usage changing more rapidly than it was before? Judging by the decreasing time between editions of ‘Fowlers’ it would seem so: thirty-nine years between Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926, from here on MEU1) and Gower's second edition (1965, from here on MEU2), and thirty-one years between the latter and Burchfield's The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (1996, from here on NFMEU). This led Manfred Görlach to write in his review of NFMEU that ‘[t]imes change, and we (and usage) change with them. A new edition of Fowler's classic book is thus in order every thirty to forty years’ (Görlach, 1997).

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U. Busse , and A. Schröder 2010. ‘How Fowler Became ‘The Fowler’: An Anatomy of a Success Story.English Today 26(2), 4554.

J. Butterfield 2015. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

P. Peters 2004. The Cambridge Guide to English Usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

P. Peters 2006. ‘English Usage: Prescription and Description.’ In B. Aarts and A. McMahon (eds) The Handbook of English Linguistics (759–780). Oxford: Blackwell.

I. Tieken-Boon van Ostade 2010. ‘The Usage Guide: Its Birth and Popularity.English Today 26(2), 1423, 44.

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English Today
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