Join us for the English Language Day Lecture 'A History of Punctuation' by Prof Chris Mulvey

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.

This year's free English Language Day Lecture will be presented on 13th October at the University of Winchester by Professor Christopher Mulvey. Click here for more details:

Punctuation Mark of the Month

October and the Apostrophe

The exclamation is the most derided punctuation mark. The apostrophe is the most mistreated. Robert Burchfield, when editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, thought that apostrophes were appearing so haphazardly that it might be best if they were abandoned altogether. The Apostrophe Protection Society was one response. It has ‘the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language’. The society’s website has had close to two million visitors. That shows ... Read more


The English Project teaching resource
Primarily aimed at students of A-level English Language, this thought-provoking material looks at two samples of World War I -related text: a soldier's personal diary from 1914 and a recruitment poster from 1916.Exercises encourage students to think... Read more
In the course of research by The English Project into the colloquialisms used by soldiers during World War I for our new teaching resource, we came upon a fascinating WWI glossary credited to a Paul Hinckley.  His list of ... Read more
100 places
'The extraordinarily prolific David Crystal has deluged the market with authoritative books about language over the last couple of decades – but it’s a testament to the enduring appeal of language as a topic for the lay reader that this hasn’t... Read more
English Project Bill Lucas on BBC Breakfast
Prof Bill Lucas appeared on the BBC's flagship Breakfast programme on English Language Day (Sunday 13th October). Bill chatted with presenters Naga Munchetty and John Kay about the significance of the date of English Language Day, which commemorates... Read more