TAILIEUCHUNG - Introdungcing English language part 30

Introdungcing English language part 30: 'In this exciting new textbook, Louise Mullany and Peter Stockwell have provided a fresh and imaginative set of alternatives for teaching and learning a huge amount about the English language. The book allows tor creative and lateral approaches to developing an understanding of important linguistic concepts and, together with the thought-provoking activities, and accessible readings, guarantees there is something to stimulate every learner. | C8 160 EXPLORATION INVESTIGATING ENGLISH LANGUAGE The decision which the council hopes will draw a line under decades of dispute follows a review to establish whether the possessive punctuation mark should be restored to place names such as Kings Heath Acocks Green and Druids Heath. Councillor Martin Mullaney said the decision not to reintroduce apostrophes which began to disappear from Birmingham s road signs in the 1950s had been taken in light of several factors including the need for consistency and the cost of changing existing signage. We are constantly getting residents asking for apostrophes to be put back in and as a council we have got to make a decision one way or another said the chair of the city s transportation scrutiny committee. The ruling will also mean that Birmingham s well-known St Paul s Square in the city s Jewellery Quarter will soon be known as St Pauls. But grammarians have attacked the decision as dumbing down . John Richards the founder and chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society said It seems retrograde dumbing down really. It is setting a very bad example because teachers all over Birmingham are teaching their children punctuation and then they see road signs with apostrophes removed. I think the council would be better advised to make sure the right apostrophes are in rather than removing them. It s a bad example to children and teachers. It s a simple rule and so many people get it wrong. Activity Q Alternate language history Using your knowledge of what actually happened over the history of English try to speculate on what modern English in the world would look like if the following historical moments had been different The dominant Anglo-Saxon capital of Winchester remained the capital of England after 1066 with the Normans deciding not to reinforce their hold on London. The European renaissance in arts and science in the Middle Ages drew more on Arabic culture than the ancient Greek and Roman. The Spanish Armada .

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