24th January – The English Language in the County of London: From the East Saxons to the EastEnders – Prof Christopher Mulvey

This lecture will show how Cockney English owes its origins to the Kings and Queens of the Kingdom of Essex. The story goes back sixteen hundred years, and it involves accents, class, snobbery, and rhyming slang.

The lecture will be given by Professor Christopher Mulvey, Trustee of the English Project and Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Winchester.

Brief Bio

Christopher Mulvey is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford. He received his PhD from Columbia University. His articles are numerous, and his books include Anglo-American Landscapes (1983), Transatlantic Manners(1990), William Wells Brown’s Clotel (2006), and A History of the English Language in 100 Places (2013). He is a trustee of the English Project.

Standard Stuff

Talks are usually on the 4th Wednesday of every month,  at 7:00 for 7:30, at The Winchester Club in Winchester.  Please take a look at the FAQs for more info.

Admission is £5 which also gives you an entry in the book raffle. We take cash and major cards (cards preferred).

The event is in two parts – the talk and then a Q&A after the interval. We encourage you to support the venue by indulging in the available drinks before and during the event.

You are also welcome to join us for a drink in the bar after the event.