Monthly Archives: November 2007

Language Blogs

At the colloquium "Prescriptions en Langue" in Paris (15-16 November) I met Dennis Baron, author of Grammar and Good Taste (1982) and Grammar and Gender (1986). Dennis told me he has a language blog, called "The Web of Language". Fátima Faya recently discovered that Geoffrey Pullum, best known to the members of the Codifiers project for his article called "Lowth’s grammar: A re-evaluation" (1974, Linguistics 137:63-78), also has a weblog called "Language log".

Are there any other weblogs that would be interesting to us from a codifying/prescriptive perspective?

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 30 November Gijsbert Rutten will present his paper "Historical Linguistics ‘from below’- New Perspectives on the History of Dutch" from 12:00-13:00 in 1168 005. All welcome!

Richard M. Hogg Prize

The International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) offers the Richard M. Hogg Prize to Ph.D. students and recent graduates for a paper on a topic in English language or English linguistics. The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2008. For details see the following website:

Textual Authority & 18th Century Copyright Law

The lack of definition for the right of the author as the proprietor of his/her own works after being sold to a publisher means that the textual authority of later editions/printings cannot always be taken for granted.
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Nähesprache & Distanzsprache

Incorporating German theory in Anglo-American historical linguistic research: the Nähesprache / Distanzsprache-model.

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Grammars, grammarians and grammar-writing

Good news: this book, which contains a collection of articles many of which are based on the first workshop organised by the Codifiers project, has just been announced on the Walter de Gruyter website. If all goes according to plan, it should be out by May 2008. When published, will be the first book produced by the members of the project.