Professor Peter Trudgill's Column


Professor Peter Trudgill is one of the most outstanding sociolinguists, a well-known authority on dialects, an academic and author. He studied modern languages at King's College, Cambridge and obtained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1971. Before becoming professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Essex, he taught in the Department of Linguistic Science at the University of Reading. He was professor of English language and linguistics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where he is now Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics. He is Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. On June 2, 1995 he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Humanities at Uppsala University, Sweden. He also has honorary doctorates from UEA, and La Trobe University, Melbourne.


Peter Trudgill's weekly columns on language and languages in Europe are published in The New European  


You will also find a new article by Professor Peter Trudgill, by his courtesy, each week on our website.


This week's text: 11.01.2018 The mysterious origins of girls and boys


Some of the previous texts, also those published in Eastern Daily Press (till 23rd January 2017), to be found below.


2017.12.14: Dual meaning: when two doesn't become one


2013.12.30: Iwan has a way with words as well as with a football

2013.12.23: Wonderful grammar is something to be celebrated

2013.12.16: It’s all in a name – and there are so many variations

2013.12.09: Language death is biggest cultural tragedy of modern age

2013.12.02: And there are rules. But I don’t know what they’re for

2013.11.25: Continuing lessons in the art of talking Correct Norwich

2013.11.18: Well, these discourse markers can mean a lot of things

2013.11.11: Strictly speaking, Tess, it takes two to tango

2013.11.04: Come on, use your loaf and take a butcher’s at this

2013.10.21: A world of many flags but English is the world language

2013.10.14: Punctuation is more important than spelling or grammar

2013.10.07: Can words ending in ‘man’ apply equally to women

2013.09.30: Norfolk dialect could make English grammar clearer

2013.09.23: Clue to impressive performance lies in the upbringing

2013.09.16: Most of us go with the flow when it comes to pronunciation

2013.09.13: Ve fing is... vis language has gone frough some changes

2013.09.02: What you say and what we hear makes a big difference

2013.08.05: From squatters to landowners... this name has a story

2013.07.22: Why there should be more chances to use the word 'less'

2013.07.01: Dewin’ diff’rent about swingletrees and eddish

2013.06.24: Having a nose for what a word means from its sound

2013.06.17: 'Hair it is' – all you need to know about word merging

2013.06.10: Mate can be the most appropriate way to address a man

2013.06.03: If in doubt, leave out the problematic apostrophe

2013.05.20: Togetherness is different here – youse can believe it

2013.05.13: We’ve all forgotten our weskets from our waistcoats

2013.05.06: Rules of pronunciation taught at Urt School

2013.04.19: Historical boundaries of place... and speech

2013.04.08: I k-now they’re doing what comes g-naturally

2013.04.01: So... what exactly are the rules of English

2013.03.26: Our vowel habits set us apart from the rest

2013.03.20: Decline in local accent is a sign of the times

2013.03.11: Norfolk and Romany? Now that IS a rumm’n

2013.03.04: To ‘t’ or not to ‘t’? Tha’s a Norfolk question

2013.02.20: What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot, actually

2013.02.13: Why we still ‘dew different’ after all these years

2013.01.30: Confusion created over ‘me’ and ‘myself’

2013.01.14: A sense of humour that’s not for outsiders

2013.01.04: Strangers who made our great city what it is


2012.12.26: How’s this for a Norfolk quadruple negative?

2012.12.17: Some names are just not meant to change

2012.12.05: The real meaning of words – ass a rumm’un

2012.11.27: Those coastal folk really knew their sanfer

2012.11.21: It’s right up our street to talk like this

2012.10.24: 'Our' words crop up all over the country

2012.10.17: Stay alert or we'll go the way of Ipsidge

2012.10.10: Pronunciation problems keep getting worse

2012.09.18: memories

2012.09.12: Norwich and Norfolk accents are quite different 

2012.08.29: Norfolk has its own grammar – yes it do...

2012.08.21: They don’t know their Rs from their elbows

2012.08.13: Championing the use of our local dialect

2012.06.23: Perhaps what we need is more local dialect, not less!


Autor: Kinga Lis
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 16.02.2018, godz. 17:15 - Kinga Lis