from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A specialist in English language and literature.
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- n. Expert on English studies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who favors or supports some proposition or movement relating to English or the English: specifically applied in history to one of those who favored the proposal to make the English language (and not Arabic or Sanskrit) the vehicle of instruction in those schools and colleges in India that were subsidized by the government during the administration of Lord William Bentinck (1828–35).
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At core, the Orientalist-Anglicist controversy at the time may be understood as a great debate about the proper uses of educational funding, specifically with regard to outlays on literary and language study.
This is more than merely a change of label: it means that the Anglicist will be able to follow the history of many English words through the French used on both sides of the Channel and note any changes of meaning that came about in the process.