Glamour of grammar revealed to Doncaster pupils

Academic and author David Crystal visited Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster to give a lecture to pupils. David is pictured with pupils Georgi Cox, James Ross, Clair Ingman, Tom Sheppeck and Francessca Walker.
Academic and author David Crystal visited Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster to give a lecture to pupils. David is pictured with pupils Georgi Cox, James Ross, Clair Ingman, Tom Sheppeck and Francessca Walker.
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Prolific author and linguist David Crystal OBE was a welcome visitor to Hall Cross Academy.

The Welsh academic who first published books in 1964, addressed 200 students from Hayfield, McCauley, South Axholme and Hall Cross schools, before signing editions of his latest book.

Following the visit, Hall Cross pupils Francesca Walker, Claire Ingman and Georgi Cox blogged: “What’s the first word you think of when you think of grammar? Glamour probably isn’t it. However, after having the privilege of witnessing leading linguist (the man, the myth, the legend) Professor David Crystal OBE at his craft, A-Level language students across Doncaster realized the two words are much closer than you may think.

“David Crystal gave us top tips regarding A-Level syllabus, as well as the importance of pragmatics and semantics in language: referring to an upper class individual using ‘thou’ would have been very offensive in Shakespearean times.

“Who’d have ever thought that active and passive sentences could be quite so interesting? Thomas Sheppeck, of Hall Cross Y13, said: ‘it was revolutionary, everything clicked into place.’ James Ross, also Y13, described the experience as ‘enlightening’. Aspiring Linguist James Pearson described how he ‘cut through superfluity and got to the heart of the matter’. Overall the day was an intellectual delight! The overarching message seemed to highlight language in our every day use and how ‘there is no life outside language’.