The issue of grammatical terminology


The Joint Committee on Grammatical Terminology, chaired and driven by E A Sonnenschein, published its report and recommendations in 1911.

For commentary and background information, see:

  • J C Nesfield wrote a very successful and often reprinted grammar  which included, at least from the 1911 revision, an extensive critical commentary on the terminology report.
  • Walmsley, John (2011). Terminology reform 1928-68. Paper to Henry Sweet Society. Download here.
  • Walmsley, John (2001). The “Entente Cordiale Grammaticale”, 1885-1915. In Colombat, B. & Savelli, M. (eds.), Métalangage et Terminologie Linguistique. Actes du colloque international de Grenoble. Leuven: Peeters. 499-512. Download here.
  • Walmsley, John (1989). The Sonnenschein v. Jespersen Controversy. In Fries, U. & Heusser, M. (eds.), Meaning and Beyond. Ernst Leisi zum 70. Geburtstag. Tuebingen: Gunter Narr Verlag. 253-281. Download here.



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