Changing languages

In the literature on language death and language renewal, two cases come up again and again: Irish and Hebrew. Mention of the former language is usually attended by a whiff of disapproval. It was
In the literature on language death and language renewal, two cases come up again and again: Irish and Hebrew. Mention of the former language is usually attended by a whiff of disapproval. It was [More]

Survival in the English Department

Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career…
Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career… [More]

No ‘Proper English’

Dear pedantic grammarians: Your rules are just stylistic conventions. We’ll split an infinitive or end a sentence with a preposition anytime we want to…
Dear pedantic grammarians: Your rules are just stylistic conventions. We’ll split an infinitive or end a sentence with a preposition anytime we want to… [More]

Battle for the English language

Do you use “one” as a pronoun for an impersonal subject? Avoid hyphens? We’re gaga for grammar, but relativism is spoiling Standard English…
Do you use “one” as a pronoun for an impersonal subject? Avoid hyphens? We’re gaga for grammar, but relativism is spoiling Standard English… [More]

Rain in English literature

English literary history is full of rain – The Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – but no one was as damp as the Victorians…
English literary history is full of rain – The Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – but no one was as damp as the Victorians… [More]