In this talk, Anna Curzan will demonstrate the important role prescriptivism has played in the history of the English language, as a sociolinguistic factor in language change and as a vital meta-discourse about the language.
Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English and Associate Dean for Humanities at the University of Michigan. She also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Education. Professor Curzan currently serves as Co-Director of the Joint Ph.D. Program in English and Education and as the Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Michigan. She received the University's Henry Russel Award for 2007, as well as the Faculty Achievement Award in 2009 and the 2012 John Dewey Award. Professor Curzan's research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography.