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Mining foreign language teaching manuals for the history of pragmatics (2018)
Journal Article
McLelland, N. (2018). Mining foreign language teaching manuals for the history of pragmatics. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 19(1), (28-54). doi:10.1075/jhp.00012.mcl. ISSN 1566-5852

Foreign language learning manuals can be valuable sources for the history of pragmatics and historical pragmatics. They may contain explicit guidance on pragmatics not found in native-speaker grammars: for example, accounts of German forms of address... Read More about Mining foreign language teaching manuals for the history of pragmatics.

Deutsch als Fremdsprache und die deutsch-englische Lexikographie bis 1900 (2018)
Book Chapter
McLelland, N. (2018). Deutsch als Fremdsprache und die deutsch-englische Lexikographie bis 1900. In S. Engelberg, H. Kämper, & P. Storjohann (Eds.), Wortschatz: Theorie, Empirie, Dokumentation, 295-320. De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110538588-013

Die Geschichte der deutsch-englischen Lexikographie aus der Perspektive Deutsch als Fremdsprache wurde bis jetzt kaum beachtet. Hier wird diese Geschichte von ihren Anfangen im 17. Jahrhundert bis ca. 1900 skizziert. Drei Phasen werden unterschieden:... Read More about Deutsch als Fremdsprache und die deutsch-englische Lexikographie bis 1900.

The history of language learning and teaching in Britain (2018)
Journal Article
McLelland, N. (2018). The history of language learning and teaching in Britain. Language Learning Journal, 46(1), 6-16. doi:10.1080/09571736.2017.1382052

This article provides an overview, based on the most recent research available, of the history of language learning and teaching (HoLLT) in Britain. After an overview of the state of research, we consider which languages have been learnt, why, and ho... Read More about The history of language learning and teaching in Britain.

German global soft power, 1700-1920 (2016)
Book Chapter
McLelland, N. (2016). German global soft power, 1700-1920. In W. Frijhoff, & K. Sanchez-Summerer (Eds.), Linguistic and cultural foreign policies of European states: 18th-20th centuriesAmsterdam University Press

This article provides the first overview of the reach and 'soft power' of German language and culture in Europe and beyond, from 1700 to 1920, shortly after the end of the First World War. Besides the role of the state (weak, until deliberate policie... Read More about German global soft power, 1700-1920.

German as a foreign language in Britain: the history of German as a 'useful' language since 1600 (2015)
Journal Article
McLelland, N. (2015). German as a foreign language in Britain: the history of German as a 'useful' language since 1600. Angermion, 8(1), doi:10.1515/anger-2015-001

A quarter of a century ago, two essays examined the early history of German as a Foreign Language (GFL) in Britain.2 The present paper revisits the history of GFL at a time of perceived crisis in modern language education, to provide some historical... Read More about German as a foreign language in Britain: the history of German as a 'useful' language since 1600.

Teach yourself Chinese--how? The history of Chinese self-instruction manuals for English speakers, 1900-2010 (2015)
Journal Article
McLelland, N. (2015). Teach yourself Chinese--how? The history of Chinese self-instruction manuals for English speakers, 1900-2010

This paper examines the history of self-instructional manuals of (Mandarin) Chinese published in Britain between 1900 and 2010, one of the main ways of learning Chinese for most of the 20th century in Britain, when Chinese instruction was virtually n... Read More about Teach yourself Chinese--how? The history of Chinese self-instruction manuals for English speakers, 1900-2010.

Language description, prescription and usage in seventeenth-century German (2014)
Book Chapter
McLelland, N. (2014). Language description, prescription and usage in seventeenth-century German. In G. Rutten, R. Vosters, & W. Vandenbussche (Eds.), Norms and Usage in Language History, 1600–1900. A sociolinguistic and comparative perspectiveBenjamins. doi:10.1075/ahs.3.11lel

This chapter examines the relationship between language prescription and language use in seventeenth-century German, reporting on a corpus investigation of the influence (or otherwise) of the leading grammarian Justus Georg Schottelius (1612–1676) on... Read More about Language description, prescription and usage in seventeenth-century German.