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).
By 1564 when William Shakespeare was mouthing his first words, Old English had become Middle English and was becoming Modern English. It was still a language that few not born to it would bother to learn. By 1616 when William Shakespeare was sounding his last words, English was moving out of the British Isles to be heard in stations and settlements in Africa, Asia, and America.
William Shakespeare's greatest poetry is found in King Lear. The play was performed before King James and his courtiers on 26 December 1606. They were the first to feel the nuclear power of its language ...Read More