Monthly Archives: September 2010

How sound is English spelling?

Here are some pairs of words found on the Y13 English Language group’s latest homework sheet: Sane Sanity Vain Vanity Serene Serenity Saline Salinity Crime Criminal Sign Signal Cone conical Divine| divinity What sorts of conclusions can you draw from … Continue reading

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Channel NewsAsia – Speak Good English Movement wants S’poreans to speak grammatically correct English

via channelnewsasia.com This is fascinating stuff with relation to the prescriptivist/descriptivist debate. (I prefer to think of that less as a debate than a continuum: I am both a descriptivist and a prescriptivist, depending on context). It’s also interesting when … Continue reading

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