Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech – and Barack Obama’s

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump asserted his commonality with ‘the ordinary American’ through his use of language: he used a relatively small vocabulary, chose informal grammatical structures, and showed little concern for self-censorship.  In his inaugural address he combined this populism with some of the tropes that are the conventions of political speeches. President Trump’s … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech – and Barack Obama’s”

‘Migrants should learn English’ – A response to the Casey Report

There is a wonderful irony in the country with possibly the worst record in the world for learning languages insisting that migrants to its shores learn English, preferably before they land here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38510628). On the other hand, it’s a no-brainer to point out that people planning to settle in a foreign country will find life … Continue reading “‘Migrants should learn English’ – A response to the Casey Report”