Language and Ideology in the Sixteenth Century: Religion, Politics and Spelling Reform


Welcome to the second semester of the academic year!

This week’s LangSoc lecture will be given by Professor Jeremy Smith of the University of Glasgow, and it will be about language and ideology in the sixteenth century.

His abstract is as follows:

Since the late nineteenth century, spelling reform of the English language has become a minority pursuit, although the English Spelling Society still exists and indeed its American branch has picketed events such as Spelling Bees as recently as 2004. But no-one has been burned at the stake for adopting a particular English spelling-practice.
Things were rather different in the sixteenth century, and my paper will discuss how spelling became a vector of ideology during the Reformation, both in England and in Scotland.

Free entry for members, £2 for non-members.

18:00 doors for a 18:15 start — Wednesday 13 January — NB! This semester lectures will take place in Appleton Tower LT4.

As always, we’ll be going to Usher’s afterwards and everyone is welcome!

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