How Silly Are You (or Pompous or Forthright)?

Posted in Research on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“What’s wrong with being called gutsy? The new book by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton use it as a term of approbation, but it didn’t find favour with Emma Brockes in the Guardian. Why? ‘It’s partly that descriptors like “gutsy” seem to protest too much, partly that they feel slightly infantilising, and mainly, I think, that they have become disembodied marketing terms used to launder self-promotion as somehow socially useful’ …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 27 November]

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‘Basics of language’ need more attention, say examiners

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2014 by steve

“Leaving Cert examiners have expressed concern at school leavers’ ability to get to grips with spelling, grammar and punctuation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 April]

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The language of influence

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

International“When asked in 1898 what was the most decisive event in modern history, German statesman Otto von Bismarck is reputed to have said: The fact that North Americans speak English …” (more)

[Anne Corbett, University World News, 23 February]


Crossing the language barriers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2011 by steve

“So let’s say you’re from Indonesia and you’d like to study management through the medium of English. Where do you go? Britain? The United States? Maybe not. In fact, it’s not at all unlikely that you’ll choose to go to Germany …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

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When it comes to pornography, vulgar humanities are happy to talk turkey

Posted in Research on November 12th, 2009 by steve

UK“When Alan McKee submitted a paper on pornography to a leading social science journal, he did not attempt to spare readers’ blushes. But the language he used did more than raise eyebrows: it earned him a ticking-off from the academic referees who reviewed the paper …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 12 November]

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