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NYT does grammar survey

The New York Times has asked students to respond to a short piece on “Does grammar still matter in the age of Twitter?”, and received 172 responses! The piece can be found here. Advertisements

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Ain’t is a chav word, innit?

“Ain’t is a chav word, innit?” chavs

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Six out online now! One more to go …

As a follow up of our project’s closing symposium, there will be a special issue of English Today later this year with most of the papers. Here are the ones that are out already: Great Britain and the United States: … Continue reading

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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 …

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Greengrocers, footballers, sports commentators, estate agents, television presenters

We’ve written about the greengrocer’s apostrophe on this blog before, but what about these other people, footballers (known for their use of the perfect when other people would use the past tense in English instead), sports commentators (who seem to … Continue reading

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I should of used have…

This is Lizi Richards’ second blog post for the MA course Non-standard English: While browsing through my Twitter feed a few weeks ago, the following tweet appeared in my feed: The forty responses, forty-two retweets and two hundred and forty-nine … Continue reading

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Febuary, febry

‘Last February? Last February? Oh yes, I was here last February.’ He [the janitor]  pronounced it exactly as spelled.’  (p. 236) The passage is from Raymond Chandler‘s novel The Little Sister (1949). When I came across this metalinguistic comment, I was wondering … Continue reading

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