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Breeding the Mongrel – Language Wars In Early Modern England
Defenders of traditional English language and grammar often present themselves as purists, even though English itself is a language which has never hesitated to borrow from ancient and modern languages. John Gallagher, from Cambridge University, brings to life the conflicts in the 16th and 17th centuries over the correct ways of writing and speaking, during a period when increased travel, trade and exploration saw English-speakers learning to speak to a wider world.
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BBC Radio 3’s festival of ideas returns to Sage Gateshead on 25, 26 and 27 October for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance. This year’s festival theme is “Who’s In Control?” Do workers or their bosses suffer most stress? Has twitter...