Who’s afraid of Dutch English? Update

I gave a talk for the Society of English Native Speaking Editors in the Netherlands in Utrecht last week. Julie Bytheway blogged about it here.

“Edwards started the red thread unrolling by identifying opposing roles on a continuum: prescriptive editors need rules whereas descriptive sociolinguists question rules! “What is a rule really?” Referring to Paikeday, Alison reminded us that native speakers of English are a minority and that native speaker norms are sometimes inappropriate. An editor’s moral quandary is to maintain standards while not trampling on writers’ content and style. However, what is (un)acceptable?”

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