Author Archives: Robin Straaijer

About Robin Straaijer

I am a linguist working on English prescriptivism and Standard English at Leiden University. Lover of photography and comedy.

The HUGE database: data entry

We have just finished the last video about the compilation of the HUGE database. Watch it here on our YouTube channel.

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Figures from 2014

It’s the start of a new year and thus a good time to rack up some numbers from our presence last year on social media. Here they are: To start, we presently have more followers than ever: over 800 people now … Continue reading

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HUGE user manual

The user manual for the HUGE database is finished! It can be downloaded as a pdf here. The manual contains a general introduction and information on the construction and content of the HUGE database, as well as example searches of all … Continue reading

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New video

There is a new video about creating the HUGE database on our YouTube channel. Watch it here.

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Washington Post review Pinker

On November 7, The Washington Post published my review of Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style. You can read it on their website here. It also appeared in the print newspaper on the same day under the title ‘The Sense of Style,’ … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker’s Sense of Usage

Last month, Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style was published in Britain and the US. As a specialist on books of usage advice, and as someone who needs to write for a living, I find The Sense of Style interesting because it … Continue reading

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Can you correct someone without being a language bully?

Over the past two weeks, the linguistic blogosphere has exploded over ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s latest musical parody Word Crimes. Linguists, editors and others were blogging at break-neck speed to discuss the judgements expressed in the song. On this blog, Viktorija … Continue reading

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