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Just finished my article “Of greengrocers, sports commentators, estate agents and television presenters: Who’s in a usage guide and why” for a special issue with papers from Liv Walsh’s workshop In the Shadow of the Standard September last in Nottingham. … Continue reading
Every year, some time during the summer, UCL organises an English Grammar Day. This time I have been invited to speak, and I decided to do so on the following topic (not yet announced online): No complaint tradition in The Netherlands? … Continue reading
Lying on my desk today is Viktorija Kostadinova’s PhD thesis, the third of the PhD students from the Bridging the Unbridgeable project. My warmest congratulations to her as her supervisor. She will be defending her thesis on 18 December: wish … Continue reading
Yesterday, Morana Lukač defended her PhD thesis called Grassroots Prescriptivism at the University of Leiden. This was the second of the PhD defences from the Bridging the Unbridgeable project. Morana did extremely well, and the committee was most pleased about her performance. … Continue reading
Just out: our special issue of English Today, with papers from Carmen Ebner, Lyda Fens-de Zeeuw, Viktorija Kostadinova, Morana Lukač, Robin Straaijer, myself and, as our very special guest, Rebecca Gowers. The issue (34/4) presents the papers we gave at … Continue reading
The University of Leiden posted the announcement today, and the actual event will be on 22 November. Exciting times for Morana as well as for ourselves as her (former) project members.
I’ve been at it at least since 2011, but Fowler has finally been given an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. And not just as a noun (n2, to be precise), but the adjectives Fowlereque and Fowlerian are included as well … Continue reading
English Today has offered us a forum for getting feedback for our research between January 2014 and December 2016, with a postscript in the second issue of 2017. Since about the start of our interactive feature, ET linked up with … Continue reading
Great news: Prescriptivism has a separate section at next week’s ICEHL-20 in Edinburgh, with five papers no less. Have a look at the book of abstracts if you’re interested.
Just out: Standardising English: Norms and Margins in the History of the English Language, ed. by Linda Pillière, Wilfred Andrieu, Valérie Kerfelec and Diana Lewis (2018), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Carmen Ebner, Concepts of correctness and acceptability in British English: … Continue reading