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grammar day 2015

1 July 2015
Discussions of standard English and its discontents usually start with decline and fall. Standards are declining, civilization is falling – or at least someone else says so, giving us something to argue against. The second annual Grammar Day at the British Library was no exception. Prescriptivism was a stalking horse for speakers, and it also showed up in person, in the form of an audience member who commented in the final discussion in the trumpeting tones of the sterotypical letter-writing colonel from Tunbridge Wells. When I heard him claim affiliation with the Apostrophe Protection Society, I thought he might be a plant or a hallucination; but when he said dyslexia was a myth (and was quashed by the panel) he seemed genuine.

15 June 2000

Today’s headaches: Visiting American professors who give us their public library pre-school kiddie talk instead of their graduate seminar talk; immigration experts who argue against children’s assimilation and in favor of greater parental mind control; linguists who act as if all problems are problems of language, and if we just engineered all the words right, everyone would be one big happy family. Imperialist English teachers BAD. Traditional cultures GOOD.

In the link below (great-aunt Sara) you can see what kind of splendid traditional culture my family gave up when we joined the modern world.

19 May 2000

Did I mention that PIC Bulletin 5 came out? I’ll put up some Internettish things I wrote for it shortly. Also, the first person in my group defended: congratulations, Dr. Pekka.