_____Women and the English Language____
Our annual theme this year, inspired by the British centenary of votes for women, will address a range of issues connected with the portrayal and representation of women in the English language. We shall also look at the influence of gender within the language itself, considering such grammatical constructs as: agent nouns, grammatical gender in Old English, today's neutral gender, and Genderlect. Finally we shall examine sexually charged language, and women writers from Julian of Norwich to J K Rowling (or should that be Robert Galbraith?). We shall organise events and publish a series of monthly short essays which aim to raise ideas, ask questions and seek the involvement of others.
Welcome to The English Project
The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
In twentieth-century newspapers, ‘The Woman’s Page’ was devoted to childcare, cookery, housework, knitting, fashion, hairstyles, and makeup. It was for wives to enjoy after husbands had done with the news and sport. The Woman’s Page was a textual extension of the Gilded Cage. That was not something where women were happy to be held, even in 1900. Then the popular song was: ‘She’s only a bird in a gilded cage, /A beautiful sight to see, / You may think she’s happy and free from care, / She’s not, though she seems to be.’ Inside and outside gilded cages, women had been writing their own pages for as long as they had been able to write. For the English language, how long was that? ... READ MORE