Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Time for a new (but not ‘New’) Fowler

  • Robin Straaijer (a1)
Extract

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).

Copyright
Corresponding author
Email: r.straaijer@gmail.com
References
Hide All
Allen, R. (ed). 1999. Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
British National Corpus. University of Oxford. Online. Available HTTP: <http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk>. (accessed 28 May 2015)
Burchfield, R. 2000[1996]. The New Fowler's Modern English Usage. New York: Oxford University Press.
Busse, U., and Schröder, A. 2010. ‘How Fowler Became ‘The Fowler’: An Anatomy of a Success Story.English Today 26(2), 4554.
Butterfield, J. 2007. Oxford A–Z of English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Butterfield, J. 2015. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The Economist. 1997. ‘Burchfield's Moden English Usage,’ February 1.
Follett, W. 1966. Modern American Usage: A Guide. London: Longmans.
Fowler, H. and Fowler, F. 1902[1908]. The King's English. 2nd edn.Oxford: The Clarendon Press.
Fowler, H. 2010[1926]. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. New York: Oxford University Press.
Görlach, M. 1997. ‘The New Fowler's Modern English Usage.English World-Wide 18(2): 304306.
Gowers, E. 1965. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. New York: Oxford University Press.
Greenbaum, S. and Whitcut, J. 1988. Longman Guide to English Usage. Harlow: Longman.
Heffer, S. 2010. Strictly English: the correct way to write… and why it matters. London: Random House Books.
Lamb, B. 2010. The Queen's English and how to use it. London: Michael O'Mara Books.
Oxford English Corpus. Oxford University Press. Available HTTP: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/about-the-oxford-english-corpus. (accessed 28 May 2015
Peters, P. 2004. The Cambridge Guide to English Usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Peters, P. 2006. ‘English Usage: Prescription and Description.’ In Aarts, B. and McMahon, A. (eds) The Handbook of English Linguistics (759–780). Oxford: Blackwell.
Pickett, J., Kleinedler, S. and Spitz, S. (eds). 2005. The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Rooney, A. 1997. ‘Pardon my English.’ Buffalo Evening News, 4 February.
Sayce, K. 2006. What Not To Write: a guide to the dos and don'ts of good English. London: Words at Work.
Sheidlower, J. 1996. ‘Elegant Variation and All That.’ The Atlantic Monthly, December.
Straaijer, R. 2014. The Hyper Usage Guide of English (HUGE) database. Leiden University. Available HTTP: <http://huge.ullet.net>.
Straaijer, R. forthc. ‘A Perspective on Prescriptivism: Language in reviews of The New Fowler's Modern English Usage.’ In Prescription and Tradition in Language: Establishing standards across time and space, edited by Percy, Carol and Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Tieken-Boon van Ostade, I. 2010. ‘The Usage Guide: Its Birth and Popularity.English Today 26(2), 1423, 44.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

English Today
  • ISSN: 0266-0784
  • EISSN: 1474-0567
  • URL: /core/journals/english-today
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 1
Total number of PDF views: 47 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 196 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 22nd April 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.