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Yet another survey

For English Today readers, and indeed anybody else who may have missed it last time, here is my trial survey, on number concord in the species noun phrase, which I have posted on Qualtrics. You will find the survey HERE. … Continue reading

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A Christmas wish

On behalf of all the members of the Bridging the Unbridgeable project: our very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, hoping for continuing very useful input from you all!

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Children in a world of prescriptivists

Lonneke van Leest-Kootkar is one of the few students from my Testing Prescriptivism course who still has a second blogpost to publish. As you will see, she is also the mother of two small children: The inspiration for this blogpost … Continue reading

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English Today: just out

Our latest contribution to English Today was written by Hielke Vriesendorp, a research master student at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics with an interest in prescriptivism. His paper is called “The Internet’s (New) Usage Problems”, and its aim is … Continue reading

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You should not borrow that!

Here is Sara Sánchez-Molina Santos’s second blog post: Should we blame on language users the borrowing of words from other languages? Are speakers mistaken when they borrow words that are apparently already present in the language? Is this a new phenomenon? … Continue reading

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Grammar obsessions

Here is an excellent linguist’s view (structural ambiguity intended) on the controversial UK SPaG test that Carmen Ebner wrote about on this blog a short while ago. Three days ago, Jane Hodson from the University of Sheffield published an online … Continue reading

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New writer for the blog

I’m very pleased to be able to introduce a new member of our team of blog writers: Adrian Stenton. Adrian was the copy-editor of my book The Bishop’s Grammar (OUP, 2011), with which he did a really great job. After that, he weas one … Continue reading

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