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2013 Graduate School Public Lectures: Geoffrey Pullum
Kane Hall 130, UW Seattle

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Geoffrey Pullum

We all have memories of middle school English papers awash in seas of red ink. But what did our grammar teachers really know, anyway? Not as much they think, argues Professor Geoffrey Pullum in his lecture The Scandal of English Grammar Teaching: Ignorance of Grammar, Damage to Writing Skills, and What We Can Do About It.

The linguistics professor takes his own red pen on the state of grammar instruction in America, with a lecture that questions many of the 200-year-old tropes and rules that make little sense today. Pullum’s discussion will examine how grammar instruction arrived at this sorry state and what can be done to improve it.

Geoffrey Pullum is a professor of general linguistics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Learn more about Pullum.

Cost: FREE

Location: Kane Hall 130, UW Seattle

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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