School of Arts and Sciences Mini Webinar on Grammar

The School of Arts and Sciences will host a mini webinar aptly titled “I Am a Grammar Maven: An English Prescriptive Grammar Mini-Review” on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (Wednesday) at 1:00 PM via Google Meet with Dean Lio Munalim, Lpt, Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics as Resourse speaker.

Abstract. Amid the vibrant research on world Englishes (cf. Kachru, 1985; Munalim, 2019a, 2019b), many Filipino users of English are still toyed with the idea that the English grammar should follow the prescriptive rules. There are still many students and professionals who do not accept that intelligibility is an important element in the communication process. With these perceived attitudes in mind, we will review the common grammar “mistakes” that even professors make in their utterances. There is a felt need for this mini-review especially that Philippine Women’s University has migrated to Emergency Remote Teaching-Learning (ERTL) during the “disruptive moment in history” (Wodak & Krzyzanowski, 2008: 6) precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students can (re)view our recordings over and over again. These microscopic and fossilized “mistakes” may be detrimental to our image as professionals, thus need “correction.”

Keywords: intelligibility, descriptive grammar, language attitude; Philippine Englishes, prescriptive grammar, sociolinguistics, world Englishes.

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