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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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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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Guest lecture by Anya Luscombe: 10 April 2013

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On 10 April, Dr. Anya Luscombe from University College Roosevelt (Middelburg, The Netherlands), will give a guest lecture at the University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics. The lecture will be from: 1.15 to 3 pm, and will take place in … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

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All new faces

It was long promised and took a while, but we’ve finally updated the photo of our project members on the About page.

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Blogroll – events

NOTICES: The page “Related blogs” has been replace by a blogroll in the sidebar. The page “Language Calendar” has been nested under the page “Events”.

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Webster’s ain’t

Just out, The Story of Ain’t by David Skinner, editor of Humanities magazine, is not about the verb form in the title but about “the controversy over Webster’s Third” when it was published “with much fanfare in 1961″. The book sets out to explain why … Continue reading

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Prescription and Tradition in Language: call for papers

Fourth Conference on Prescriptivism: for the call for papers, click on the link above.

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