"A historic" or "an historic"?Historical novel , a novel that has as its setting a period of history and that attempts to convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of a past age with realistic detail and fidelity which is in some cases only apparent fidelity to historical fact. More often it attempts to portray a broader view of a past society in which great events are reflected by their impact on the private lives of fictional individuals. One type of historical novel is the purely escapist costume romance , which, making no pretense to historicity, uses a setting in the past to lend credence to improbable characters and adventures. Historical novel. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
An Historical Novel or a Historical Novel? A Case of Variation in Spelling
Tina, can you clear up a little puzzle for me? One of the members of a Webseed group I am in asked why British and Canadian people use "an" instead of "a" in front of certain words beginning with "h" one of the Canadian members had written "an historical figure". Oddly enough, last night I found myself automatically writing "an hysterical article" in my WOW! Newsletter, then corrected it when I read through it because I assumed that although I pronounce it that way, it shouldn't be written that way. The person with the query asked if it was whether we pronounce the word following the "an" with a softer sound than Americans do, but I'm not sure. We tend to half drop the aitch, if that means anything. It seems too cumbersome to pronounce it in full.
It might sound odd to say it, but there is no such thing as historical fiction. The agents, book scouts and publishers with a wistful sigh shunt you into the historical trap. The author, as the novel is brought to book, might be surprised to discover the term appearing in the jacket text forewarning the unwary reader. Watch then as the book is published and reviewers rush to box the novel as historical fiction. The novelist bristles because the term denotes a difference. It is assumed, generally speaking, that the contemporary novel speaks of the times we live in, and the historical novel does something else. It is not uncommon to read journalists lauding a contemporary novel for showing us how we live now.
A History Vs An History? Hello, "A" or "An". What is the correct article? It's always 'a', since the 'h' of 'history' is pronounced. Kilimanjaro Hello, "A" or "An". Similarly, in the past it was 'an hotel', but nowadays 'a hotel'.
The form of the indefinite article before h is not an easy matter, as mentioned among others, by Jespersen, in A Modern English Grammar. The existence today of written corpora and other online resources allows for a wider and, hopefully, a more reliable examination of variants. The present paper presents the results obtained from an analysis of the forms of the indefinite article before words beginning with h found in the Gutenberg corpus, therefore, in literature, and in The British National Corpus BNC. Quantitative data are presented and accounted for in a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer. Keywords: variants, loss of [h], synchrony, diachrony. Abstract The form of the indefinite article before h is not an easy matter, as mentioned among others, by Jespersen, in A Modern English Grammar.