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 (University of Oxford) has offered to drop her original topic for the Leiden conference Prescription and Tradition in Language next week to address the issue from the perspective of historical linguistics. Needless to say, we are all very pleased by this and are looking forward to this highly topical paper very much. And if you are interested in the topic as well: registration for the conference doesn’t close until Thursday.
So if you want to take part in the discussion, come to the conference next week. In addition, you may want to add your comments here, or in David Crystal’s blog.