Sometimes someone comes along and pulls the rug from under your most deeply-held ideas. This time it is […]
Given the facts about modern English, prescriptivism will not only fail under the far greater force of change, but prescriptivism will steadily die out.
Following an essay by Oliver Kamm (whose latest book is reviewed here) in the Wall Street Journal attacking […]
Some well-phrased English sentences which are more than a match for any duck/rabbit.
A survey of the major reference grammars of English available in print or to download.
The first of two articles, this covers student grammars, style guides, and the like, which are useful to those already fluent in English who wish to take that further. All avoid being prescriptive.
Little by little, English has accumulated some odd phrases. This group consists of a noun followed by a […]
If you want a breathless scramble through some speculative etymology of hundreds of English words, best dipped into in small doses, then this book might appeal to you.
This little book puts the case against prescriptivist ‘grammars’, then offers some useful tips about a range of issues in ‘Standard English’.
Why have languages not (yet) evolved to be more robust? The effects of small errors with large consequences […]