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Course Manager of English Language, Marcus Barrett has contributed to a book, Museums of Language and the Display of Intangible Cultural Heritage. His essay ‘The English Project’ has been compiled alongside other essays by practitioners based in global language museums to demonstrate the important role language plays in understanding our heritage.

The book investigates whether language is at risk of neglect, and of endangerment from globalisation and linguistic imperialism. Including case studies from across Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia, it documents the vital work being done by museums to help preserve languages and make them objects of broad public interest. To order a copy of the book visit Museums of Language and the Display of Intangible Cultural Heritage – (routledge.com).

Marcus shared “This book came out of lectures given by a group of us as language researchers, in Florence at a linguistics conference a few years ago. I was intrigued that 15 contributors from all over Europe and far beyond – Norway to France, Austria to Lithuania, South Afrika to Korea, Germany to China – all presented using English as a global language”.

Marcus is a Trustee and Director of The English Project, a registered charity which promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English Language in all its varieties – past, present and future.

Later this year Marcus will be one of the expert speakers for a new Enrichment initiative launching at the College, RICHTalk, hosting a lecture entitled ‘The Future of English and Englishes’ and will look at what could happen with many ‘world Englishes’ now spoken by well over 2 billion people across our planet. Marcus is passionate about sharing his love of English Linguistics with not just the students of the English Language and English Literature A Level courses at Richard Huish College, but the wider student body. Whether RICHTalks take place virtually or socially distanced in the College’s new Redwood Theatre, they will give students with a passion for a variety of topics to explore their interests much further and expand their understanding of current issues surrounding the set subject.

Marcus commented; “At Huish we’ve had many students doing innovative course work research on English linguistics: from getting new words into the Oxford English Dictionary, to analysing unique Somerset documents written in early varieties of English and working with our friends at South West Heritage Trust, Taunton. It is a privilege to work on the study of our language and to share that ongoing fascination with so many motivated and excellent students.”

Writers at Huish also have the chance to get creative beyond the classroom at the College’s annual Original Writing and Illustration Awards where they were challenged to write a short story, poem or play script on a set theme. Past winners work has been compiled and published in the latest edition of Create Magazine. If you would like a copy of Create Magazine please email marketing@richuish.ac.uk.