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Network of terms

Analogous to the network of authors and grammars, a network of linguistic terms will be implemented, showing the development of linguistic terminology in grammar books.

Analysis of evaluative and normative expressions

We will annotate and analyse evaluative and normative expressions in the corpus texts. It is assumed that, in particular, prescriptive grammars contain a considerable number of evaluative expressions that show the authors' attitudes towards language use and other grammars.
Particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, many authors complain about “bad English” by enumerating instances of ungrammatical utterances. This is usually opposed by normative statements which list rules for and examples of the “good” or “proper” use of the language. These and similar expressions will be marked and examined.