Episode 2

Published on:

20th Nov 2019

S3E2: Rob Drummond on grammar pedantry and peevery

Denise and Louise talk with linguist Rob Drummond about grammar pedantry, peevery, youth language, and non-standard language in context.

Listen To Find Out More About:

  • Correct or conventional – a linguist’s perspective
  • Better versus standard
  • Zombie rules, and what we can ditch
  • Youth language – dumbing down English or enriching it?
  • Young people's language in relation to identity and language change
  • Varieties of English in written communication: globalization, national and cultural identities
  • The internet’s impact on pedantry and peevery
  • The relationship between knowledge and pedantry
  • The difference between preferences and judgements
  • Recognizing our own pedantry and respecting contextually appropriate style
  • Stepping outside our linguistic comfort zones

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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The Editing Podcast
Make your editing and writing life easier with Denise and Louise
Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

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Louise Harnby

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Louise is a line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who works with indie authors of commercial fiction. She specializes in crime, thrillers and mysteries. Louise lives in Norwich, England. Don't ask her to say 'bootiful' or there'll be even more trouble!

Denise Cowle

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Denise is a copyeditor and proofreader who works with publishers, businesses and independent authors. She specializes in non-fiction, particularly education, business and social sciences.
Denise lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Don’t ask her to say ‘curly wurly’ or there might be a murrrdurrr!