Following an essay by Oliver Kamm (whose latest book is reviewed here) in the Wall Street Journal attacking […]
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 […]
An illustration of how we sometimes need more than just syntax and semantics to parse a simple sentence.
Here is a quick summary of the more commonly-encountered cases of nouns and pronouns, for readers of Gaston […]
An insightful and entertaining account of the many languages of Europe. Strongly recommended.