John Adams - This person was an American statesman who proposed in 1780 that the United States government establish an academy dedicated to the improvement and assessment of the English language.
Charles Astor Bristed - This person was the first American to write a full-length defense of Americanisms.
W. W. Charters - This person was the first researcher to study seriously the common English spoken by most Americans on a daily basis.
Benjamin Franklin - This American statesman was concerned about most of the changes in the language and one of the first to attempt to compile a spelling guide to help standardize spelling in America.
George Philip Krapp - This professor at Columbia University was the first person to research thoroughly the history and practice of American pronunciations.
John Pickering - This person was the first to compile a comprehensive list of Americanisms, divided into three categories: new words...
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