Our 2016 Annual Theme
2016 is to be the English Project’s Year of 'The Languages of Shakespeare'. 23rd April 2016 will be the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. 23rd April also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday; to celebrate this and commemorate his deathday, we shall post on the 23 day of every month, a study of the language of Shakespeare, of the languages that influenced his language and of the languages that he has influenced.
Welcome to The English Project
The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
Between 1590 and 1592, William Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew. It is play in which a spirited young woman is humiliated and repressed to produce a submissive and obedient wife. What might in the twenty-first century be a story moving towards tragedy was, in the sixteenth century, a story on the high road of comedy. Shakespeare took his story from George Gascoigne’s Supposes; George Gascoigne took his story from Ludovico Ariosto’s I Suppositio; Ludovico Ariosto took his story from the comedies of Plautus. All were men mocking women in a misogynistic tradition as ancient as storytelling itself ... Read More