Past events

15 April 2015: David Lorenz (University of Freiburg) gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project entitled “to-contraction in American English: The career(s) of a non-standard feature” at Lipsius 227 (13:00-14:00)

6 February 2015: Carmen Ebner, Morana Lukac, Robin Straaijer and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade will present a workshop “called “How Useful are Usage Guides?“, organised by TeamWork.

12 January 2015: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade presented a paper called “Steven Pinker, de CIA en Kingsley Amis: Taalhandboeken en taaladvies voor het Engels“, KNAW, Afdeling Letterkunde

12 December 2014: Alison Edwards gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project called “Dutch English: Death or the Gladioli” (LeidenUniversity Centre for Linguistics)

28 November 2014: Bobby Ruijgrok gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project called “Working with Zotero (LeidenUniversity Centre for Linguistics)

30 October 2014: Morana Lukac presented a paper called “Researching Language Attitudes in the Media” during the (Post)Doctoral Research Colloquium at the Englisches Seminar of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Germany)

21 October 2014: 7th Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture. Amanda Delgado Galvan will show ELAN, a professional tool for linguistic annotation of audio and video material.

Cambridge Symposium26 and 27 June 2014: Cambridge English Usage (Guides) Symposium at the University of Cambridge. Abstracts here.

10-12 April 2014: key note lecture by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade at Norm(s) and Margin(s) in English(es), “The grammatical margins of class”, English Department, Aix-Marseille Université (France); papers by:

  • Carmen Ebner Concepts of Correctness and Acceptability in British English: Exploring Attitudes of Lay People
  • Viktorija Kostadinova: Correcting English: Josephine Turck Baker and the American Usage Guide Tradition
  • Morana Lukač Shakespeare wrote ‘Between You and I”: Changing Perspectives on Authority and Language

10 March 2014: Morana Lukač, Q&A session on research, blogging and social media at the Pre-University College (‘The Public Dimension of Science’), Leiden University

10 March 2014: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Prescriptivisme en Engels taalgebruik”, SVVT, Pulchri Studio, The Hague

13 February 2014: Symposium on Early American English Usage Guides (LUCL). Speakers:

  • Ulrich Busse. “Transatlantic perspectives on late nineteenth-century English usage: Alford (1864) compared to White (1871)”
  • Viktorija Kostadinova, “Correcting English: Josephine Turck Baker and the American usage guide tradition”
  • Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Five Hundred Mistakes Corrected: An early American English usage guide”

28 January 2013: Morana Lukač, PhD Discussion Group, Linguistic Attitudes in the Media, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

2nd exhibition18 November 2013: end of our second exhibition on Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner’s Modern American Usage.

November 2013: Morana Lukač presented her paper Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse on Wikipedia: Authority deconstruction in collaborative knowledge processes at the CLAVIER 13 conference (link: at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

22 October 2013: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, ASH Colloquium talk, “Study Attitudes to English Usage”, Clare Hall Cambridge.

6 September 2013: Carmen Ebner and Morana Lukač, “E-BBC: Investigating auntie’s online language usage”, 1st PARLAY conference at the University of York.

30 August 2013: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “An early American English usage guide”, LModE-5 at the University of Bergamo.

11 June 2013: Workshop Attitudes to Prescriptivism, organised by Robin Straaijer, Carmen Ebner, Viktorija Kostadinova and Morana Lukač.

11 June 2013: Carmen Ebner, “Watchdog BBC,” and Morana Lukač, “Linguistic Prescriptivism in Letters to the Editor”, workshop Attitudes to Pescripivism.

12-14 June 2013: Conference Prescription and Tradition in Language, organised by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).

13 June 2013: Ingrid Tieken jointly with Wendy Ayres-Bennett, “The Battle of Prescriptivism: France vs. England”,  Prescription and Tradition in Language.

14 June 2013: Viktorija Kostadinova, “The Cyberstate of Language”, Robin Straaijer, “A Perspective on Prescriptivism, Prescription and Tradition in Language.

Wie is de baas van de taal15 June 2013: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Wie is de baas van het Engels?”, public symposium, University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics “Wie is de baas van de taal?” (Who makes the rules in a language?).

10 April 2013: Guest lecture by Anya Luscombe, called Auntie and Prescriptivism: the fine line the BBC treads to ‘uphold language standards’.

5 April 2013: Viktorija Kostadinova, “Researching Language Attitudes in a Digital Age”, the 8th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. Fitting with the topic of her paper, it was given via Skype.

27 March 2013: 6th Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture Researching Language Attitudes in a Digital Age. Viktorija Kostadinova talked about using the internet in sociolinguistic research on language attitudes. Her blog is called  Languitudes.

26 March 2013: Carmen Ebner presented her PhD project Proper English Usage at the PG Linguistics Workshop in St Andrews.

9 February 2013: Robin Straaijer demonstrated the database of usage guides and usage problems during the Taalkunde in Nederland-dag at Utrecht University.

6 February 2013: Morana Lukač spoke about her research within the Bridging the Unbridgeable project at the LIP Group (Lancaster University).

6 December 2012: 5th Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture. Morana, Carmen & Viktorija gave a Prezi workshop.

22-25 November 2012: Viktorija Kostadinova gave a presentation at the Berlin Student Conference, presenting her findings on a Facebook attitudes survey which she is currently carrying out.

2 November 2012: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Attitudes to English Usage: Towards a New Research Model” (LUCL, Lipsius 147), 3.30 – 5 pm.

29 October 2012: 4th Lunch Lecture. Presentations by Carmen Ebner Perspectives on Language: Correctness vs. Usage and Matthijs Smits  ‘Garnering’ Respect?’ The Emergence of Authority in the American Grammatical Tradition. (van Wijkplaats 4, room 004), 12am – 1 pm.

19 September 2012 – 18 November 2013: New Bridging the Unbridgeable Exhibition on Garner’s Modern American Usage. English Department, University of Leiden, 2nd floor.

21 September 2012: 3rd Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture. Launch: A database of English usage guides and usage problems. Friday.

12 October 2012: Project presentations by Carmen Ebner, Viktorija Kostadinova and Morana Lukač  (LUCL, Vrieshof 4/008a), 3 – 5 pm.

22 April – 19 September 2012: exhibition Modern English Usage Day, English Department, University of Leiden, 2nd floor.

30 May 2012: second Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture: Social Media in Teaching and Research (speakers: Kasia Cwiertka, Erik Kwakkel, Sebastiaan van der Lubben, Robin Straaijer and Ingrid Tieken)

20 April 2012: first Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture: Working with WordSmith Tools (presentations by Robin Straaijer and Ingrid Tieken)

4 February 2012: TiN-dag, Drift 25, Utrecht (The Netherlands). Paper by Ingrid Tieken: “What’s wrong with Prescriptivism, John Honey, the Split Infinitive?”.

27 January 2012: SENSE panel discussion ‘Varieties of English: How prescriptive should we be?’. Speakers: Joy Burrough, Russell Gilbert, and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade. The title of Ingrid Tieken’s contribution was: “What’s wrong with Prescriptivism, John Honey, the Split Infinitive?”.

Article by Marilyn Hedges in this week’s University of Leiden newsletter (published 21 October 2011).

18 October 2011: interview with Ingrid Tieken on the BBC Radio 4 programme Making History (broadcastpost in this blog).

1 October 2011: Ulrich Busse (Halle) and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden), “Towards a Corpus of Prescriptivism”, Helsinki Corpus Festival

21 September 2011:  Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Bridging the Unbridgeable”, contribution to the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics Taalgebruiksseminar