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About adrianstenton

Adrian Stenton is a PhD candidate at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and is currently investigating number concord in the species noun phrase. Adrian is part of the project Bridging the Unbridgeable: linguists, prescriptivists and the general public, which is supervised by Prof Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade.

The death of the adverb

I fear that the Oldie (September 2019, a British monthly magazine whose title speaks of its readership – which of course includes me!) is a bit late for the party on this one … Advertisements

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Well I never! My … was …

I was reading the UK Autocar this week-end, and came across this: “My ghast is well and truly flabbered.” This stopped me in my tracks on two counts: (i) I could never say it, let alone write it; and (ii) … Continue reading

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Etiquette in the 21st century …

Good to know that the etiquette guide is still going strong, and still focusing on women’s social skills: “There is a course on ‘personal and professional impact’ for women, which emphasises body language, presentation and effective communication.” You can read … Continue reading

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Language planning in the 21st century

Is this what language planning looks like in the modern world?

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British Library project discovers two new words – thanks to Guardian readers

It’s not every day you discover a new word, or at least a new meaning for an old word. But when the Guardian asked its readers to contribute their favourite dialect words, it discovered not one, but two. “Webs” and … Continue reading

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French language watchdogs say ‘non’ to gender-neutral style

And another piece from the UK Guardian, here.

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Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers

A review from the UK Guardian yesterday: “Linguists say that random chance plays a bigger role than previously thought in the evolution of language – but also that ‘English is weird’”, available here.

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