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Accidence Happen: Review of a Non-Pedantic Guide to Language Change

Oliver Kamm’s Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English explores language change, the ways in which language is used today, and how experts discuss conventions and usage. According to Kamm, experts can be divided into two camps: Linguists (who are interested in the history of the language) Pedants or sticklers (who are only interested […]

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Heir or Imitator? Review of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen explores the ways in which grammar, punctuation, and language itself are evolving because of changes in publishing practices and standards, and our use of communication technologies and new media. Opening the book, I wondered if it would prove to be the rightful heir to Lynne Truss’s […]

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