Interview, article and speech library

Grammar and writing

The poetry of the trenches
Audio | ABC Radio | 2018

Matter of Fact with Stan Grant
Video | ABC News | 2018

A plain English program goes well beyond the words
Article | The Mandarin | 2016

Rediscovering rhetoric: Persuasion for technical communicators
Article (PDF) | Southern Communicator | 2013

Is complexity a con?: The false dilemma between plain language and literature
Article (PDF) | English Teachers Association 'Metaphor' magazine | 2013

War is over: Grammar makes a comeback
Audio and transcript | The World Today | 2012

Rules of the old school (New Graded Word-Book)
Article | Sydney Morning Herald | 2012

Long live the e-revolution 
Article (PDF) | Sydney Morning Herald | 2010

Much ado about grammar
Speech transcript (PDF) | Sydney Writers' Festival | 2009

To teach grammar, get to the point
Article (PDF) | Sydney Morning Herald | 2009

Writers espouse return to grammar but without tears
Article (PDF) | The Australian | 2009

The author's right to speak
Audio | Sydney Writers' Festival via the ABC Book Show | 2009

The ethics of everyday language
Speech transcript (PDF) | Sydney Writers' Festival | 2007

The future of English: the forces that are shaping the language of the future
Speech transcript (PDF) | Sydney Writers' Festival | 2007

Burns ... in technical jargon

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose

Comparisons can be drawn in relation to the object of my affection and a vermillion-pigmented plant of the Rosaceae family

That's newly sprung in June

in terms of nascent emergence in the calendar period of the summer solstice;

O my Luve’s like the melodie

In addition, comparisons can be made with regards to a linear succession of musical intervals

That's sweetly play'd in tune.

which is perceived for the purposes of the auditory sphere as a macreous harmonic.

Modern Manglish cartoon

© Alan Moir