Past events

11 March 2019, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Her Ladyship en The Queen’s English”, HOVO course Bye bye Britain, University of Leiden.

18 December 2018, PhD defence by Viktorija Kostadinova, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

23 November 2018, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Her Ladyship and The Queen’s English”, Proefstuderen University of Leiden (lecture and classes)

22 November 2018, Morana Lukač defended her PhD thesis at Leiden, called Grassroots Prescriptivism.

22 September 2018, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade gave a talk called “Of greengrocers, footballers, sports commetnators, estate agents and television presenters: Who’s in a usage guide and why” at the workshop In the Shadow of the Standard at the University of Liverpool, organised by Olivia Walsh.

27-31 August 2018, ICEHL-20, University of Edinburgh: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade – Published in America – but is it an American usage guide?

23 March 2018, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade gave a talk called “Codification — prescription — prescriptivism: The authority of the lay-person”, Wild Publics: Langugae under the conditions of late modernity. 16th Blankensee Colloquium, Berlin, 22-24 March 2018

14 March 2018, Morana Lukač, Prescriptivists and linguists: A dialogue in the context of the English-speaking world (The Zadar linguistic Wednesday, University of Zadar, Croatia)

28 September 2017, Morana Lukač gave a talk entitled “Language guardians: the role of mass media in linguistic prescriptivism” at LUCL Sociolinguistic Series.

5 September 2017: Carmen Ebner’s PhD thesis defense

25 July 2017, Morana Lukač gave a talk entitled A corpus-based approach to investigating twenty-first-century prescriptivism at the Corpus Linguistics Conference 2017 held at the University of Birmingham.

9 December 2016: Bridging the Unbridgeable Usage Guide Symposium, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

24 August 2016, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade gave a plenary lecture called “English usage guides and the Age of Prescriptivism”at ICEHL-19 (University of Duisburg/Essen).

17 June 2016, Carmen Ebner gave a talk entitled “’Well, here comes the value judgement…’ – A sociolinguistic investigation of usage attitudes in British English” at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 21 held at the Universidad de Murcia.

15 June 2016, Viktorija Kostadinova gave a talk entitled “Language variation and change, speakers’ attitudes and prescriptivism: the case of ‘literally'” at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 21 held at the Universidad de Murcia.

25 May 2016, Inge Otto (our former project member) gave a paper called “Level of Education and Dutch Speakers’ Perception of Spoken Norm Violations” in our lunch lecture series.

22 April 2016, Harry Ritchie gave a talk entitled Ashamed of your English? in our lunch lecture series.

23 March 2016, Morana Lukač gave a talk entitled “Open access to the corpus linguist’s toolbox: Visualisation of collocation networks and register variation” in the Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture series

24th February 2016, Carmen Ebner gave a talk entitled “‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’: Assessing attitudes towards usage problems in British English” in the Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture series

21 January 2016, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade gave a talk entitled “The Age of Prescriptivism” at Effects of Prescriptivism in Language History workshop in Leiden

21 January 2016, Viktorija Kostadinova gave a talk entitled “Annotation and comparative analysis of metalanguage in usage guides: A bottom-up approach” at the Effects of Prescriptivsm in Language History workshop in Leiden

10 December 2015: Viktorija Kostadinova gave a lecture entitled Introducing ‘brat’: a rapid annotation tool in the Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture series

19 November 2015: Laura Tresch (Universität Bern) gave a lecture entitled Authenticating a koiné: language ideological debates on New Zealand English in the Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture series

21 October 2015: Morana Lukač gave a talk with the title “Charting out the discourse of linguistic prescriptivism in the Complaint Tradition Corpus” at the From Data to Evidence conference (http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/d2e/) at the University of Helsinki

1 October 2015: Folgert Karsdorp (Meertens Instituut) gave a lecture entitled Python for the Humanities as part of our Lunch Lecture series.

2-5 September 2015: Hands on HUGE. Workshop at the SLE conference at Leiden.

27 August 2015: first talk on Digital Humanities as part of our regular Lunch Lectures, by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Digital publishing?”

24 June 2015: Morana Lukač gave a talk entitled “The Discourse on English Usage in the Media” at the Department of English Studies, University of Graz, Austria

18 June 2015: Morana Lukač gave a talk entitled “Prescriptive Efforts in the English Language: From Individual Authorities to Crowdsourcing” at the Department of English Studies, University of Graz, Austria

16 June 2015: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade gave a talk at the Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis in The Hague, called digitaal publiceren?

28 May 2015: Carmen Ebner presented a paper entitled “Poor understanding of grammar”?: A sociolinguistic analysis of usage attitudes in British English at the ICLAVE conference in Leipzig

28 May 2015: Tijmen Pronk (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics) gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project entitled “From National revival to the Orthography war: two centuries of Croatian spelling reform” at Lipsius 148 (12:00-13:00)

15 April 2015: David Lorenz (University of Freiburg) gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project entitled “to-contraction in American English: The career(s) of a non-standard feature” at Lipsius 227 (13:00-14:00)

6 February 2015: Carmen Ebner, Viktorija Kostadinova, Morana Lukač, Robin Straaijer and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade will present a workshop “called “How Useful are Usage Guides?“, organised by TeamWork.

12 January 2015: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade presented a paper called “Steven Pinker, de CIA en Kingsley Amis: Taalhandboeken en taaladvies voor het Engels“, KNAW, Afdeling Letterkunde

12 December 2014: Alison Edwards gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project called “Dutch English: Death or the Gladioli” (LeidenUniversity Centre for Linguistics)

28 November 2014: Bobby Ruijgrok gave a lunch lecture for the Bridging the Unbridgeable project called “Working with Zotero (LeidenUniversity Centre for Linguistics)

30 October 2014: Morana Lukač presented a paper called “Researching Language Attitudes in the Media” during the (Post)Doctoral Research Colloquium at the Englisches Seminar of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Germany)

21 October 2014: 7th Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture. Amanda Delgado Galvan will show ELAN, a professional tool for linguistic annotation of audio and video material.

Cambridge Symposium26 and 27 June 2014: Cambridge English Usage (Guides) Symposium at the University of Cambridge. Abstracts here.

10-12 April 2014: key note lecture by Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade at Norm(s) and Margin(s) in English(es), “The grammatical margins of class”, English Department, Aix-Marseille Université (France); papers by:

  • Carmen Ebner Concepts of Correctness and Acceptability in British English: Exploring Attitudes of Lay People
  • Viktorija Kostadinova: Correcting English: Josephine Turck Baker and the American Usage Guide Tradition
  • Morana Lukač Shakespeare wrote ‘Between You and I”: Changing Perspectives on Authority and Language

10 March 2014: Morana Lukač, Q&A session on research, blogging and social media at the Pre-University College (‘The Public Dimension of Science’), Leiden University

10 March 2014: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Prescriptivisme en Engels taalgebruik”, SVVT, Pulchri Studio, The Hague

13 February 2014: Symposium on Early American English Usage Guides (LUCL). Speakers:

  • Ulrich Busse. “Transatlantic perspectives on late nineteenth-century English usage: Alford (1864) compared to White (1871)”
  • Viktorija Kostadinova, “Correcting English: Josephine Turck Baker and the American usage guide tradition”
  • Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Five Hundred Mistakes Corrected: An early American English usage guide”

28 January 2013: Morana Lukač, PhD Discussion Group, Linguistic Attitudes in the Media, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

2nd exhibition18 November 2013: end of our second exhibition on Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner’s Modern American Usage.

November 2013: Morana Lukač presented her paper Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse on Wikipedia: Authority deconstruction in collaborative knowledge processes at the CLAVIER 13 conference (link: http://www.clavier.dslc.unimore.it/site/home.html) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

22 October 2013: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, ASH Colloquium talk, “Study Attitudes to English Usage”, Clare Hall Cambridge.

6 September 2013: Carmen Ebner and Morana Lukač, “E-BBC: Investigating auntie’s online language usage”, 1st PARLAY conference at the University of York.

30 August 2013: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “An early American English usage guide”, LModE-5 at the University of Bergamo.

11 June 2013: Workshop Attitudes to Prescriptivism, organised by Robin Straaijer, Carmen Ebner, Viktorija Kostadinova and Morana Lukač.

11 June 2013: Carmen Ebner, “Watchdog BBC,” and Morana Lukač, “Linguistic Prescriptivism in Letters to the Editor”, workshop Attitudes to Pescripivism.

12-14 June 2013: Conference Prescription and Tradition in Language, organised by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).

13 June 2013: Ingrid Tieken jointly with Wendy Ayres-Bennett, “The Battle of Prescriptivism: France vs. England”,  Prescription and Tradition in Language.

14 June 2013: Viktorija Kostadinova, “The Cyberstate of Language”, Robin Straaijer, “A Perspective on Prescriptivism, Prescription and Tradition in Language.

Wie is de baas van de taal15 June 2013: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Wie is de baas van het Engels?”, public symposium, University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics “Wie is de baas van de taal?” (Who makes the rules in a language?).

10 April 2013: Guest lecture by Anya Luscombe, called Auntie and Prescriptivism: the fine line the BBC treads to ‘uphold language standards’.

5 April 2013: Viktorija Kostadinova, “Researching Language Attitudes in a Digital Age”, the 8th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. Fitting with the topic of her paper, it was given via Skype.

27 March 2013: 6th Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture Researching Language Attitudes in a Digital Age. Viktorija Kostadinova talked about using the internet in sociolinguistic research on language attitudes. Her blog is called  Languitudes.

26 March 2013: Carmen Ebner presented her PhD project Proper English Usage at the PG Linguistics Workshop in St Andrews.

9 February 2013: Robin Straaijer demonstrated the database of usage guides and usage problems during the Taalkunde in Nederland-dag at Utrecht University.

6 February 2013: Morana Lukač spoke about her research within the Bridging the Unbridgeable project at the LIP Group (Lancaster University).

6 December 2012: 5th Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture. Morana, Carmen & Viktorija gave a Prezi workshop.

22-25 November 2012: Viktorija Kostadinova gave a presentation at the Berlin Student Conference, presenting her findings on a Facebook attitudes survey which she is currently carrying out.

2 November 2012: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Attitudes to English Usage: Towards a New Research Model” (LUCL, Lipsius 147), 3.30 – 5 pm.

29 October 2012: 4th Lunch Lecture. Presentations by Carmen Ebner Perspectives on Language: Correctness vs. Usage and Matthijs Smits  ‘Garnering’ Respect?’ The Emergence of Authority in the American Grammatical Tradition. (van Wijkplaats 4, room 004), 12am – 1 pm.

19 September 2012 – 18 November 2013: New Bridging the Unbridgeable Exhibition on Garner’s Modern American Usage. English Department, University of Leiden, 2nd floor.

21 September 2012: 3rd Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture. Launch: A database of English usage guides and usage problems. Friday.

12 October 2012: Project presentations by Carmen Ebner, Viktorija Kostadinova and Morana Lukač  (LUCL, Vrieshof 4/008a), 3 – 5 pm.

22 April – 19 September 2012: exhibition Modern English Usage Day, English Department, University of Leiden, 2nd floor.

30 May 2012: second Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture: Social Media in Teaching and Research (speakers: Kasia Cwiertka, Erik Kwakkel, Sebastiaan van der Lubben, Robin Straaijer and Ingrid Tieken)

20 April 2012: first Bridging the Unbridgeable Lunch Lecture: Working with WordSmith Tools (presentations by Robin Straaijer and Ingrid Tieken)

4 February 2012: TiN-dag, Drift 25, Utrecht (The Netherlands). Paper by Ingrid Tieken: “What’s wrong with Prescriptivism, John Honey, the Split Infinitive?”.

27 January 2012: SENSE panel discussion ‘Varieties of English: How prescriptive should we be?’. Speakers: Joy Burrough, Russell Gilbert, and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade. The title of Ingrid Tieken’s contribution was: “What’s wrong with Prescriptivism, John Honey, the Split Infinitive?”

Article by Marilyn Hedges in this week’s University of Leiden newsletter (published 21 October 2011)

18 October 2011: interview with Ingrid Tieken on the BBC Radio 4 programme Making History (broadcastpost in this blog)

1 October 2011: Ulrich Busse (Halle) and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden), “Towards a Corpus of Prescriptivism”, Helsinki Corpus Festival

21 September 2011:  Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Bridging the Unbridgeable”, contribution to the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics Taalgebruiksseminar

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