Our relationship with language is complicated. Depending on the environment in which you grew up, you may have learned just one language or had to communicate in many different dialects just to get by. And, while our experiences differ, the fact is that our worlds are more similar than ever before. In an effort to foster the appreciation of linguaphiles and the lethargic alike, this course takes an interesting look at language and its many uses.
Leader Writer and Columnist at The Times
Oliver Kamm is a leader writer and columnist for The Times. He joined the newspaper in 2008 and now writes popular weekly columns on language and the economy.
What do we owe, if anything, to William Shakespeare for shaping the English language?
Of course Shakespeare is absolutely integral to the development of English, but his English, early modern English, is not our English.