Benjamin martin the linguist
Benjamin Martin (1704–82) was a versatile character whose interests and abilities were varied and wide-spread; moreover, he was reasonably successful in practically everything he undertook. However, in a biography by John R. Millburn, Benjamin Martin: Author, Instrument-maker, and ‘Country Showman’ (Leyden, 1976), his linguistic career is not treated as fully as it might have been. In a period of almost 20 years (1748–66) Martin published one dictionary and two works on English grammar, all of which were later reprinted. Towards the end of his linguistic career he was still regarded as an authority on matters of lexicography, and his three works on language are discussed in several modern works on the history of linguistics. This paper, therefore, aims at completing the picture drawn by Millburn as far as Martin’s linguistic work is concerned but it also accounts for certain aspects about his workson language that have so far remained unexplained.
1766 A Treatise Describing the Construction, and Explaining the Use, of New Celestial and Terrestrial Globes
Alston, Robin C.
1974 A Bibliography of the English Language from the Invention of Printing to the Year 1800
. Reprint of vols. I-Х1 in one1 vol. Ilkley, Yorkshire: Janus Press.
1700 The English-School Reformed
. London: A. & J. Chur-chil & E. Castle.
1751 A New Guide to the English Tongue
. London: Henry Kent.
Elstob, Elizabeth (1683–1756)
1715 The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-saxon Tongue
. London: W. Bowyer.
The English Accidence
. [Anon] 1733
London: J. Roberts.
1771 A New Grammar of the English Language
. London: S. Crow-der.
1150 A New Grammar
. 2nd ed. Newcastle upon Tyne: J. Gooding.
Fries, Charles C.
“The Periphrastic Future with Shall and Will in Modern English
1711 An Essay towards a Practical English Grammar
. London: R. Tookey.
1719–26 The Compleat Linguist
. London: J. Roberts & J. Pem-berton.
1747 The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language
. London: J. & P. Knapton, T. Longman & T. Shewell, et al.
1755 A Dictionary of the English Language
. London: W. Strahan for J. & P. Knapton, Т. & T. Longman, et al.
1700 A Key to the Art of Letters
. London: A. J. Churchil and J. Wild.
1748 Institutions of Language
London: S. Birt, J. Hodges, J. Newbery, et al.
1749 Lingua Britannica Reformata
. London: J. Hodges, S. Austen, J. Newbery.
1754 An Introduction to the English Language and Learning
London: W. Owen.
1970 English Grammatical Categories and the Tradition to 1800
. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Millburn, John R.
1976 Benjamin Martin: Author, Instrument-maker, and ‘Country Showman’
. Leyden: Noordhoff International Publishing.
Murray, K. M. Elisabeth
1979 Caught in the Web of Words. James A. H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary
. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (First published by Yale University Press 1977.)
Osselton, N. E.
1958 Branded Words in English Dictionaries before Johnson
. Groningen: J. В. Wolters.
Peyton, V. J.
1785 The Elements of the English Language
. A new edition. London.
1948 On the History of Some Problems of English Grammar before 1800
. (= Prague Studies in English, 7
.) Prague: Filosoficka Fakulta Univ. Karlova.
1761 The Rudiments of English Grammar
. London: R. Griffiths.
Sledd, James H., and Gwin J. Kolb
1955 Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary
. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.
Starnes, DeWitt T., and Gertrude E. Noyes
1946 The English Dictionary from Cawdrey to Johnson 1604–1755
. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press.
1975 The Development of English Grammatical Theory 15861737
. Leuven: Univ. Pers Leuven.
1761 The English Verb
. London: A. Millar.
Cited by 1 other publications
. Interview with Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
. Journal of English Linguistics
pp. 320 ff.
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