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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

United States

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Professor, A Member
American Dialect Society

American Dictionary Usage Panel

Member of the Public Relations Committee
Linguistic Society of America




Yale University


University of Michigan


English Language and Literature

University of Michigan

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People | Michigan Radio [cached]

Anne Curzan That's What They Say

Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Education.

ISLE - The International Society for the Linguistics of English [cached]

Anne Curzan (University of Michigan)

ISLE - The International Society for the Linguistics of English [cached]

Anne Curzan (University of Michigan)

Blog – Grammarphobia [cached]

The author of the article, Anne Curzan, wrote: “I have mentioned the construction to a few colleagues, and it’s clear at least some of them are circling it in student writing.�

The use is also found outside routine classroom writing. Curzan, a linguist and a professor of English at the University of Michigan, passed along this example from the academic journal Exceptional Children (March 2012):
As Curzan wrote in her article: “With ‘based on’ one could argue that because things are physically built on bases, it makes more sense to say ‘based on.’ �
“I agree: That is perfectly logical,â€� she added. “But language isn’t always logical, and once ‘based on’ becomes as much or more metaphorical than literal, it doesn’t seem surprising to me that the preposition might shiftâ€"especially given that one can metaphorically ‘build off’ things.â€�

The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins | The Great Courses [cached]

Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D. University of Michigan

Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D. University of Michigan Share This Course
Award-winning Professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan approaches the subject like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."
Professor Curzan celebrates English for all its nuances and curiosities. By stepping back to excavate the language as a linguist, she shows you there is no such thing as a boring word.
As Professor Curzan takes you through the centuries and around the world to reveal how our language came to be, she unpacks the myth that there was once a "pure English" that we can look back to with nostalgia. Even during the Renaissance, English purists were concerned about the infiltration of foreign words into English.
Professor Curzan sympathizes with the impulse to conserve the old language, even citing the verb "interface" as one of the words she wishes would just go away. Yet despite this sympathy, she also recognizes the naturalness of change.
At the heart of this course is the wonderful Professor Curzan. With energy, enthusiasm, and a democratic approach to language, she takes you on a journey from Beowulf and the Battle of Hastings to modern-day blogs and chat rooms. She brings you teenage slang and Internet-speak, and she delves deeply into the history of English and the field of linguistics.
As an award-winning professor, a member of the American Dialect Society, and a member of the American Heritage Dictionary's usage panel, Professor Curzan knows her material, and she presents a wealth of information in this comprehensive course.
Anne Curzan
Anne Curzan, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Professor Curzan has won several awards for teaching, including the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, the Faculty Recognition Award, and the John Dewey Award. Her research interests... Learn More About This Professor
I think that was because, as Dr. Anne Curzan presented information, it felt as though she was teaching me about myself, or at least about the whole company of English-speaking North Americans of which I am a part. This was like having personal characteristics 'mirrored,' or better yet 'echoed,' back to me. The course was thoroughly enjoyable; some notable highlights were: * the sharing of curious and fascinating anecdotes about words, such as the surprising back story on how and why the word 'colonel' has come to be spelled and pronounced as it is. * insights as to how linguists go about their work. * advice on how any interested persons might go about doing their own linguistic research. * a wealth of historical information about the roots of the English language, its enrichment through the adoption or sharing of words from other languages, its past and ongoing evolution, and some evident current trends in its development. * appreciation of just how rich the English language has grown to be, with a larger lexicon by far than that of any other language in the world. * perspectives on how one's inflections, gestures, and manner of using words affect what one's words actually communicate. * how the vocabulary and character of language used in special contexts can subtly (or even insidiously) shape one's thinking-examples: the language of politics, the language of war, the language of sports, the language of love, etc. I realize that studying Dr. Curzan's course has actually changed me.
Dr. Curzan is an engaging, organized master of her topic and I learned a great deal--much more than I expected based on the course title. While I usually listen to Great Courses on long drives, this course was so intriguing that I "brought it into the house" and listened at other times to avoid having to wait. The course is a journey of how English develops over time, how dictionary authors determine what words are added or deleted, how we as speakers evolve the language, and much more. For me the most rewarding part was how Dr. Curzan challenges sacred "rules" of usage, sometimes making me uncomfortable but ultimately expanding my ability to think critically about how we determine those rules -- and when they should change. April 30, 2016

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