“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Who cares about English? (panel discussion)

By Helen Wang, published

Event sponsored by The British Council and the Oxford English Dictionary,
on Thursday 27 September, 18.30-20.30 at The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.

The event will consider issues such as:
Does ‘standard English’ exist in today’s globalised society?
Who regulates the language – lexicographers, the education system, the media – or the public?
Is the language being dumbed down? And does this matter?
Should we be worried about the state of English today?

John Knagg, Head English Research at the British Council will chair the discussion with these panel members:
John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
Romesh Gunesekara, novelist
Henry Hitchings, journalist and author of The Language Wars
Prudence Raper, former Hon Secretary of the Queen’s English Society

No charge, but places are limited. To register a place, rsvp to: rsvp.events@britishcouncil.org quoting ‘OED / British Council seminar’.

Questions to the panellists can be submitted, in advance, to: adrian.odell@britishcouncil.org.

Details here

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