Dissertation on the English Language

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Dissertation on the English Language was a book written by American lexicographer Noah Webster in 1789. The book followed Webster's 1783 work Spelling Book and aimed to differentiate American English from British English.[1] In the book, Webster commented that "our honor requires us to have a system of our own, in language as well as government. Great Britain ... should no longer be our standard; for the taste of her writers is already corrupted, and her language on the decline."[2] This dissertation was dedicated to Benjamin Franklin.


  1. ^ Tottie (2002), p. 8.
  2. ^ Tottie (2002), p. 9.


  • Tottie, Gunnel (2002), An Introduction to American English, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 978-0-631-19792-8

External links

  • Graduate Theses And Dissertations In English As A Second Language, 1976 77 by Stephen Cooper
  • blog post by dissertationwriter.org on importance of independent research

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