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6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
09/05/2018
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Who framed American English?

Wednesday 9 May 18:00 until 19:30
Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex BN1 9PX
Speaker: Lynne Murphy, Professor of Linguistics, School of English
Part of the series: Professorial Lecture

Writing about the English language in the 20th century, Christian Mair (2006) concluded that “a dispassionate look […] shows that popular discussions hopelessly overemphasize the influence of American English”. In the 21st century, the overemphasis continues in British media and sometimes even British linguistics, amplified through the higher education “impact agenda”. This talk examines the resulting “mini moral panic” about the state of the language and what it can tell us about linguistic identity in modern Britain.

Chowen Lecture Theatre
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (teaching building)
University of Sussex
Brighton
BN1 9PX

This is a free, open lecture – everyone is welcome, but numbers are limited.

Refreshments provided.

Booking
To book your place at the lecture please use our booking link: www.sussex.ac.uk/bookalecture, alternatively you can email events@sussex.ac.uk