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Robin Straaijer

Guest Researcher

Name
Dr. R. Straaijer MSc MA
Telephone
+31 71 527 2125
E-mail
r.straaijer@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Robin Straaijer is a guest researcher at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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Research

My current research focuses on English usage guides in the NWO funded project Bridging the Unbridgeable: linguists, prescriptivists and the general public".

Teaching activities

I have taught introductory courses Early Modern English and Late Modern English as well as an MA course on the language of Jane Austen.

Curriculum Vitae

From 1991 to 2001 I attended the University of Amsterdam, studying chemistry and English. I received an MSc in chemistry in 1997 and in 2001 I received a cum laude MA in English language and literature with the thesis  Jane Austen’s Emma  and Pride & Prejudice : an Exercise in Literary Stylistics. I spent he academic year 1998 – 1999 at the University of Edinburgh, taking courses in the departments of English language and English literature. After working as a bookseller for seven years, I joined the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics as a PhD candidate on the project  The Codifiers and the English Language: tracing the norms of standard English, where I researched the grammar and language of Joseph Priestley. On 1 March 2011 I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation entitled  Joseph Priestley, Grammarian.

Publications

2011 Joseph Priestley, Grammarian: Late Modern English normativism and usage in a sociohistorical context. Utrecht: LOT Dissertation Series.
2010 ‘Prescription or practice?  Be/have Variation with Past Participles of Mutative Intransitive Verbs in the Letters of Joseph Priestley’. In Ursula Lenker, Judith Huber & Robert Mailhammer (eds.)  English Historical Linguistics 2008: Volume I: The History of English Verbal and Nominal Constructions, 63–78. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
 2010  book review:  Language and Letters of the Bluestocking Network: Sociolinguistic Issues in Eighteenth-Century Epistolary English by Anni Sairio,  English Studies, 91: 7, 812–813.
 2009  book review:  Corpus-Based Language Studies: an Advanced Resource Book by Tony McEnery, Richard Xiao & Yukio Tono,  Language and Literature 18: 4, 394–395.
 2009  ‘Deontic and Epistemic Modals as Indicators of Prescriptive and Prescriptive Language in the Grammars by Joseph Priestley and Robert Lowth’. In Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade & Wim van der Wurff (eds.)  Current Issues in Late Modern English, 57–88. Bern: Peter Lang.

Guest Researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL diversen

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