Networking Lunch and Talk by Major (Ret’d) Dennis Weir, entitled ‘Do the rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling still matter in modern communications and, if so, who should be responsible for ensuring that these rules are applied?’ with an opportunity for discussion.
A self-confessed language pedant, Dennis was incensed by views expressed on the radio last year by the (arguably) controversial Stephen Fry who put forward the opinion that grammar, punctuation and spelling are simply obstacles to free spirited creative writing. During the course of today’s talk, Dennis will lead CIOL branch members in a discussion on this topic and find out to what extent they agree or disagree with Mr Fry’s views.
Now retired, Dennis had a long and successful career as an Intelligence specialist Russian and German linguist, initially in the British Army and later as a member of the Civil Service. His degree level Russian qualification was obtained through formal training at the Defence School of Languages, whereas his degree level German was acquired at the University of Life which he ‘attended’ during his almost 20 years residence in that country. He became a Member of the Institute of Linguists in German in 1979 and qualified for the same status in Russian in 1982.
The talk will take place at 12pm UK time on Saturday 20 November. Please register to book your place, you will receive the Zoom link nearer the time.