Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778).

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  • Author(s): Rodriguez-Gil, Maria E.1
  • Source:
    Historiographia Linguistica. 2006, Vol. 33 Issue 1/2, p11-38. 28p. 1 Chart.
  • Document Type:
    Article
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    • Abstract:
      This paper examines Ann Fisher’s (1719–1778) most important and influential work, A New Grammar (1745?). In this grammar, the author did not follow the trend of making English grammar fit the Latin pattern, a common practice still in the eighteenth century. Instead, she wrote an English grammar based on the nature and observation of her mother tongue. Besides, she scattered throughout her grammar a wide set of teaching devices, the ‘examples of bad English’ being her most important contribution. Her innovations and her new approach to the description of English grammar were indeed welcomed by contemporary readers, since her grammar saw almost forty editions and reprints, it influenced other grammarians, for instance Thomas Spence (1750–1814), and it reached other markets, such as London. In order to understand more clearly the value of this grammar and of its author, this grammar has to be seen in the context of her life. For this reason, we will also discuss some details of her unconventional lifestyle: unconventional in the sense that she led her life in the public sphere, not happy with the prevailing idea that women should be educated for a life at home. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Fondos de Segura, no. 21 Edificio 3, portal 1, piso 2 B E-35019, Las Palmas Canary Islands, Spain
    • ISSN:
      0302-5160
    • Accession Number:
      10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod
    • Accession Number:
      22674318
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      RODRIGUEZ-GIL, M. E. Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778). Historiographia Linguistica, [s. l.], v. 33, n. 1/2, p. 11–38, 2006. DOI 10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=22674318. Acesso em: 27 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Rodriguez-Gil ME. Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778). Historiographia Linguistica. 2006;33(1/2):11-38. doi:10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod
    • APA:
      Rodriguez-Gil, M. E. (2006). Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778). Historiographia Linguistica, 33(1/2), 11–38. https://doi.org/10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Rodriguez-Gil, Maria E. 2006. “Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778).” Historiographia Linguistica 33 (1/2): 11–38. doi:10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod.
    • Harvard:
      Rodriguez-Gil, M. E. (2006) ‘Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778)’, Historiographia Linguistica, 33(1/2), pp. 11–38. doi: 10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Rodriguez-Gil, ME 2006, ‘Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778)’, Historiographia Linguistica, vol. 33, no. 1/2, pp. 11–38, viewed 27 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Rodriguez-Gil, Maria E. “Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778).” Historiographia Linguistica, vol. 33, no. 1/2, Feb. 2006, pp. 11–38. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Rodriguez-Gil, Maria E. “Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778).” Historiographia Linguistica 33, no. 1/2 (February 2006): 11–38. doi:10.1075/hl.33.1.04rod.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Rodriguez-Gil ME. Deconstructing Female Conventions: Ann Fisher (1719–1778). Historiographia Linguistica [Internet]. 2006 Feb [cited 2020 Nov 27];33(1/2):11–38. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=22674318