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  • Talking like common people

    Posted by on November 21, 2011

    Class English month continues with a guest post by one of our regular contributors, Dan Clayton. Dan is a middle-class grammar school boy who has tried to talk like a Cockney for the last 15 years after failing to talk like a working-class northerner before that. ___________ When Jarvis Cocker wrote the lyrics to Pulp’s […]

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  • Street slang – the dodgy-looking geezer

    Posted by on October 18, 2011

    Subcultural English month brings you a guest post by Dan Clayton on the topic of street slang. Dan has taught English Language A level for the past 10 years in south London and is currently working as a Research Fellow at UCL’s Survey of English Usage on the Teaching English Grammar in Schools project. He […]

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  • Picking a fight

    Posted by on September 05, 2011

    Gender & English has proven to be a popular topic so we’ve decided to continue the discussion for another week before switching to a new area (more on that next week). English teacher, Research Fellow and blogger Dan Clayton returns with a guest post on the differences between male and female communication. ______________ “It has […]

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  • Game of competing truths

    Posted by on April 18, 2011

    In our next guest post in metaphor month Dan Clayton talks about metaphor in politics. Dan is an English teacher and a Research Fellow at UCL’s Survey of English Usage on the Teaching English Grammar in Schools project. He blogs over on English Language @ SFX. ______________ Politics is a game of ‘competing truths’, claimed […]

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  • Metaphor and message

    Posted by on April 13, 2011

    Our next guest post on the topic of metaphor comes from Dan Clayton, an English teacher and a Research Fellow at UCL’s Survey of English Usage on the Teaching English Grammar in Schools project. Dan’s A level Language blog English Language @ SFX can be found here. ________ James Geary told us on Monday that […]

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  • Language of lovers

    Posted by on February 16, 2011

    Romantic English month brings you a guest post by teacher and blogger Dan Clayton. Dan has taught English Language A level for the past 10 years in south London and is currently working as a Research Fellow at UCL’s Survey of English Usage on the Teaching English Grammar in Schools project. His A level Language […]

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