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English Language Day 2016: Dear, Dirty and Dead Words - The English Language in Winchester, 1616

Marcus Barrett

The English Project's theme for 2016 is Shakespeare and the English language. To celebrate English Language Day on 13th October, The English Project presents a snapshot of the language in Winchester in 1616 - the year of Shakespeare's death.

The presentation, which will include some voluntary audience involvement with texts, will be given by Marcus Barrett. Marcus is a Trustee of The English Project; Lecturer and Course Manager of English Language at Richard Huish College, Taunton; a language researcher; trained barrister and a district councillor in Somerset.

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'From English Reject to English Project: A thousand years of words and sounds in Winchester' by Professor David Crystal - FULLY BOOKED!

The English language had been rejected as a literary medium when King Alfred came to the throne. How things have changed! In this talk David Crystal explores some of the ways the language has developed over the past thousand years, with particular reference to pronunciation and vocabulary. He uses findings from his recent book The Disappearing Dictionary to explore whether any of the old dialect words of Hampshire are still known today, and discusses the possible role of the English Project as a means of keeping up with the language in the future.

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A History of Punctuation from St Jerome to Mary Norris by Prof Christopher Mulvey

Christopher Mulvey

The annual English Language Day Lecture will be given this year by Professor Christopher Mulvey.  He will explore such questions as: Where does punctuation come from? What is happening to it today? Why do people care so much about it?  Chris will also tell stories about the Great Punctuators.

Christopher Mulvey

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAY LECTURE 2014: 'English Accents Past, Present & Future' by Professor David Crystal

The English Project, Prof David Crystal

English accents are always in the news. Everyone has one, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. David Crystal will look at where all these accents came from and why people feel so strongly about them. Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly: what went wrong in Birmingham?

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Voices of the Great War: Speaking Across 100 Years -- A lecture by Professor Christopher Mulvey

Chris Mulvey

The War of 1914-18 was the first war in the history of the world to be called a World War. It well deserved that terrible title since it was a war fought between forty countries on four continents and on land, sea, and air. Its dead were numbered in millions, and now there are few still alive who were alive on 28 July 1914, the day in Sarajevo when it all began. But there are many who remember grandfathers and great uncles who talked painfully of the years between 1914 and 1918. Today, the Great War is not a war of lived memory but a war of pictures and photographs and written records.

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The Language of Love and War by Christopher Mulvey & Bill Lucas

Language of Love and War

In 2014 the focus of the nation is on The Great War, which occasioned outpourings of grief that found expression most powerfully in the form of words and language. Bill Lucas and Christopher Mulvey of The English Project will commemorate the grieving language of the war but also celebrate the glorious language of the love that lies behind it – the love of parents for their sons at the front and women for their men at the front, the troops for those at home and for one another – drawing on letters, diaries, poems and songs.

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The First King's English: Alfred the Language Maker - Prof Christopher Mulvey

King Alfred Statue

This year the King Alfred Lecture is sponsored jointly by the English Project and Hyde900. The theme of these annual lectures is to enhance our understanding of the achievements and legacy of King Alfred.

The guest lecturer is Christopher Mulvey, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Winchester. A prolific writer, he is also a General Editor at the Winchester University Press and a trustee of the English Project. He has received awards from the Arts and Humanities Council, the British Academy, and the University of Virginia.