Archives: English

The many origins of English, gathered into a British Library exhibit

January 29, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writing.

Those interested in the deep history of the English language will want to take a look at this article on the BBC website: BBC – Culture – What the earliest fragments of English reveal. And if you’re in London anytime soon will want to view the exhibit it describes at the British Library. The exhibit, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, • Read More »

BBC: What is the future of English in the U.S.?

August 17, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

A few weeks ago, I recommended an article where the writer claimed the English language was a “bully,” elbowing out other languages and dialects. While I don’t agree with the descriptor “bully,” I did think the writer made some interesting points and had a good take on the issue. Here’s another article about the position • Read More »

The world’s biggest bully: the English language

August 2, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Everybody speaks English. Or they should. That’s the attitude that many English speakers have, and sometimes they’re not shy about expressing that attitude (in English, of course). Jacob Mikanowski writes about this attitude in a long and interesting essay this week in The Guardian. He says: No language in history has been used by so many • Read More »