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The Father of English Grammar

Lindley Murray: The Father of English Grammar

The English we speak today is a result of the several influences of cultures and individuals. English grammar – most importantly has seen different changes over the centuries One of the most iconic figures associated with English grammar is Lindley Murray, a Quaker lawyer, writer, and grammarian. Today, Lindley Murray is referred to as the father of English grammar by several scholars.

He was born in 1745 to a leading New York Merchant, who had 11 other children – who unfortunately did not survive into adulthood. Even though his father had wanted him to be raised in the ways of business and marketing, the interests of a young Lindley lied in literature and science.

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Due to his writing prowess at a young age, his father’s lawyer advised that the young lad be allowed to study law. After 4 years, he was called to the bar, where he practiced as counsel, and also an attorney in New York. By the age of 22, he married and moved to England, where he stayed until 1771. By 1783, he retired and left for England again in 1784.

It was after this period that he began taking his literary career seriously. By 1787, he released his first book, titled: Power of Religion on the Mind. This book focused on spirituality, and other topics like death. Today, the original copy is considered an artifact as it contains marks from that point in history. After this, he wrote the 1795’s Grammar of the English Language, which immediately became a worldwide sensation.


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Today, it is no mistake that Lindley Murray is considered as the Father of English Grammar. Why is this so? This is because he was the first person who took an initiative to write grammar books, and this was in 1795 as earlier mentioned. After the release of that, he released other analogous works, English Exercises, and the English Reader. Because of his understanding of the dynamism of language, Lindley released several editions of this book, updating them with the times. The book, Grammar of the English Language, for several years, was a standard English grammar textbook, and it was used in England and America.

Also, his grammar books became one of the first best-selling books in history, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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