ACES Evolve 2023

Strange and Unusual: Does English Deserve Its Oddball Reputation? | Katya Jenson

We spend a lot of time talking about the grammatical pitfalls and foibles of English. But how weird is it really, in the larger language world? You may be surprised at how normal English is for all its seeming complexities and how unusual are some other aspects that its speakers see as perfectly logical. This presentation will offer some cross-linguistic context to demystify a few shady corners of English and explore attributes that may seem truly strange from another perspective.

Intermediate Level, All editors, Words and Language


Katya Jenson is a news, copy and photo editor for She holds a linguistics MA in the documentation of endangered and minority languages and specializes in second-language English and translated content.

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