Separated by a Common Language

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Observations on British and American English by an American linguist living in the UK



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from the GuardianToday the Guardian reported on a new study by Bruno Gonçalves, Lucía Loureiro-Porto, José J. Ramasco, David Sánchez (you can get the pdf here) entitled The End of Empire: the Americanization of English. There are interesting thin...

Today's post, I'm happy to say, is a guest post by Maddy Argy, an A-level student who's doing (BrE) work experience with me at the University of Sussex. I've asked her to find American-British differences that she could research and have introduced h...

Those who follow the blog may remember that in February I was on BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth, where fellow guest Matthew Engel and I debated the effect of American English on British English. Engel had written many newspaper columns on the topic, but...

The scene behind the KFC near my Barbadian hotelis rather unlike the scene behind the KFC near my Brighton homeAs I mentioned in the last post, and as I have been wont to mention at any opportunity, I got to go to Barbados recently. It was my first t...

I'm just back from a FABULOUS time at the Dictionary Society of North America conference. Fabulous not just because it was hosted by the University of the West Indies in Barbados (wheeeeee!), but because dictionary people are just the best people. No...

in/with hindsight

on May 19, 2017

Before our irregularly scheduled blogpost, a couple of announcements:First, I'm on a (BrE) one-off Radio 4 program(me) tomorrow morning (10:30): Americanize! Why the Americanisation of English is a good thing, presented by Susie Dent. It should be av...

squint, cross-eyed

on May 5, 2017

If you have any interest in the doctor-patient relationship, I very much recommend Dariusz Galasiński's blog. He writes thought-provokingly about various things that he and I have in common: being immigrant linguist patients or linguist immigrant pa...