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Prof. Anne L. Curzan

Professor of English

University of Michigan

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1150 W. Medical Center Drive

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

United States

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Background Information

Affiliations

Delegate
University of Michigan , Ann Arbor

Professor, A Member
American Dialect Society

Member
American Dictionary Usage Panel

Member of the Public Relations Committee
Linguistic Society of America

Education

B.A.

Linguistics

Yale University

M.A.

University of Michigan

Ph.D.

English Language and Literature

University of Michigan

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People | Michigan Radio

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Anne Curzan That's What They Say 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

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Anne Curzan (University of Michigan)


People | Michigan Radio

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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.


In fact, many of the criticisms ...

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In fact, many of the criticisms of the singular "they" are without merit, as Anne Curzan, professor of English and associate dean for humanities at the University of Michigan, has explained. For starters, she notes, as far as its history, the singular "they" has been in regular use in spoken English and informal prose for centuries. To say it's ambiguous is nonsensical, too, because she says ambiguity is often the point of its use, and all pronouns have some potential ambiguity. Finally, to say "they" is too informal for formal writing is a circular argument she argues, because many editors have devoted much of their time to taking it out of formal, published writing.

The only real question concerning singular they, she concludes, is "whether we should and will let 'they' be used in its singular form in formal, edited prose without comment.


Professor Anne Curzan, ...

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Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D. University of Michigan

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Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D. University of Michigan Share This Course
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Anne Curzan
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Anne Curzan, Ph.D.
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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

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