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"Language scholars have traditionally agreed that the development of the English language was largely unplanned. Fisher challenges this view, demonstrating that the standardization of writing and pronunciation was, and still is, made under the control of political and intellectual forces."
There is much to interest scholars of late Middle English language and literature. -- Journal of English and Germanic Philology
Fisher's argument about Chancery English in the fifteenth century deserves to be widely known. -- Speculum
The coherence of the story that Fisher traces and the archival materials that he has provided will continue to stimulate scholarly investigation and discovery. -- Studies in the Age of Chaucer
The University Press of Kentucky
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English Language, Standard English
English Language and Literature
Fisher, John H., "The Emergence of Standard English" (1995). English Language. 1.