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Late Modern English in Sheffield

Thanks to Susan Fitzmaurice, Joan Beal and Jane Hodson for organising the Fourth Late Modern English conference at the University of Sheffield. It was another very good, focused conference. For those of the delegates who are interested, here are pictures from the Lord Mayor’s reception at the Town Hall and the conference dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe.

Best student presentation

Lyda Fens-de Zeeuw, one of the PhD students of the Codifiers project, has won a prize “in recognition of the best student presentations delivered during the conference on Prescriptivism and Patriotism, Language Norms and Identities, from Nationalism to Globalization”, New College, University of Toronto, 17-19 August 2009. She won the prize for her paper called “Accent on Arrival: prescribing the communicability of professional immigrants in Canadian labour markets”, which she co-authored with Kori Allan from the University of Toronto.

Next Monthly Lunch Meeting

The next session of the Monthly Lunch Meetings will start in September. They are tentatively scheduled for Friday the 25th of September, October 30th, November 27th, and December 18th. More information will follow shortly on the speakers and location.

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 29 May Lyda Fens-de Zeeuw (University of Leiden and University of Toronto) will give her presentation: "Where two text corpora meet: The implementation of Hexham’s (1647) A Copious English and Netherduytch Dictionarie (E-D) into (2006-) Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) in LIPSIUS/130 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 8 May MA students of the University of Leiden will give presentations. Nienke van Lieshout will present "James Elphinston, an 18th-Century Centipede"; Matthijs Smits, "William Cobbett and the Politics of Grammar"; and Vera Willems, "James Buchanan and Ann Fisher’s A New Grammar" in LIPSIUS/002 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 20 March Mathilde Jansen (Meertens Instituut) will present "’They think we speak Frisian’: dialect levelling on the island of Ameland" in 1168/005 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 27 February Andries van Helden (University of Leiden) will present "Vicissitudes of the genitive rule" in 1168/004 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On Friday 21 November Robin Straaijer (University of Leiden) will give the presentation "From Copy to Corpus: Building and Using the Joseph Priestley Letter Corpus". Building 1167/001a, 12:00-13:00. All welcome! 

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 31 October Xavier Dekeyser will present “The Impact of Prescriptive Grammar on Actual Usage: Scope for Research” in 1162 005 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Lowth Symposium

On 17-18 December 2010 the University of Leiden will a host a symposium on Robert Lowth commemorating his 300th birthday. An official call for papers will be published in the near future. People who are interested in attending can already contact The Codifiers and the English Language Project via