The Survey of English Usage
Quarterly Newsletter
December 2011

This newsletter is part of a series of quarterly newsletters from the Survey of English Usage, intended to keep the academic community and other interested parties informed about research in the Survey. The newsletter will be sent out in March, June, September and December. The March issue is the Survey’s Annual report.

Forthcoming events

Seminars for the 2012 Spring term will be announced in due course. Watch this space.


iGE App

The Android version of the interactive Grammar of English is near completion and is expected to be released early in 2012, along with a second release of the iPhone version incorporating improvements gained from feedback from users. If you would like to give us your thoughts on the App there is a simple online form here.

Following a successful Survey Seminar on the App in October, we have been receiving a number of enquiries from colleagues interested in developing their own smartphone applications. Bas Aarts is exploring ways of developing further Apps for departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with the Vice-Provost for Enterprise, Professor Steve Caddick, Dr Steven Schooling of UCL Business and the Knowledge Transfer Champion for the A&H Faculty, Dr Claire Thomson.

An article on the App entitled ‘Teaching English grammar to the iPhone generation’ will appear in English Today in 2012.

The English Verb Phrase book

We are pleased to report that our edited volume The English Verb Phrase: Corpus Methodology and Current Change (Bas Aarts, Joanne Close, Geoffrey Leech and Sean Wallis, 2012), which contains a series of papers exemplifying the state of the art in diachronic corpus linguistics focusing on the verb phrase, is now with the printers, Cambridge University Press. This volume, which is a ‘deliverable’ from our AHRC-funded verb phrase project, was planned as an edited volume of papers from the Survey’s 50th Anniversary Symposium on the verb phrase, and has been expanded to include a number of invited contributions from other linguists who were unable to attend.

Bas Aarts

December 2011

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