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).
In 1597, William Shakespeare’s Richard II was registered with the Stationers’ Company by an Andrew Wise, a bookseller. The play was probably written two years earlier. It completed a sequence of history plays beginning with Richard II and ending with Richard III. In all, a sequence of eight plays tells the story of five monarchs. Richard II and Richard III were among Shakespeare’s most popular plays, at least to judge from their sales. They both went through five quarto editions ... Read More