Author Archives: BtU Admin

We are on YouTube!

We have expanded our social media presence with a brand new Bridging the Unbridgeable YouTube channel! In the very first video we’ve uploaded Robin Straaijer gives a very short introduction to the project and the HUGE database. You can watch it below, … Continue reading

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Excuse me, I am terribly sorry to bother you, but …

Originally posted on Proper English Usage:
The data collection is soon coming to an end and it is time to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has filled in the survey, shared it with friends and nagged their…

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BBC Radio 4: on now

How topical our project is! In a few moments the following feature will appear on air: Harry Ritchie is a writer and former literary editor of the Sunday Times. His latest book, English for the Natives, outlines the rules and … Continue reading

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ASH talk at Clare Hall

On 22 October, Ingrid Tieken will present a talk as part of the ASH Colloquium at Clare Hall, Cambridge. The talk is called “Studying Attitudes to English Usage”, and it will report on the findings of the online Attitudes Survey … Continue reading

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New project assistent

In February 2013, Inge Otto joined the project as an intern and in September she was hired as our new project assistent, replacing Cynthia Lange. Inge will primarily be working on the database of usage guides and usage problems that … Continue reading

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Prescriptivism and the curriculum in UK schools

Is prescriptivism being reintroduced into the English educational system? This is a topic that hit the news a year ago, and is keeping teachers and politicians still very much occupied – and concerned – today. So much so that Charlotte Brewer … Continue reading

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MA course on prescriptivism at Leiden

Next academic year, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade is offering an MA course on prescriptivism at the University of Leiden. The course, which will be called “Testing Prescriptivism”, is part of the MA track English Language and Linguistics, but is open … Continue reading

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