A question of context – ETp March 2021

Context, meaning the circumstance and the conditions present at the time of speaking, is as integral to language as language is to context.
This is no secret, nor is it rocket science. Yet for many of our learners it might just as well be.
Perhaps similar to the parents of a fledgling giving it a helpful shove off a cliff in the hope that instinct will tell it to flap its wings and fly, we release our own fledglings into the English speaking world, too late to yell: Don’t forget about the context! More…

“It is clear that Andreas Grundtvig positively relishes the vagaries of the English language and perceives its quirks as a linguistic feast rather than a dog’s breakfast. He takes delight in teaching his students to play with the language and to explore its linguistic byways as well as its highways. “

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