We’ve been having some interesting discussions over the past few days on the power of language, and starting to draw ideas together for our forthcoming project.
The idea is very much in its infancy, but in broad terms, it will be about the aspects of language that are in danger of being lost in this world of text-speak and tweets – the finer nuances of language; the poetic element; the turning of a phrase that conveys more than just a surface meaning.
We’re starting with a few questions:
What is language for, other than basic communication?
What can language do, beyond the merely utilitarian?
What is the publisher’s role in supporting and fostering an appreciation of the richness of language?
“Project” is perhaps a rather grand title for this idea. Projects tend to have project plans, milestones, outcomes, things like that. We actually want to open a discussion in the first instance, or perhaps get involved in discussions that others are having.
But alongside all the discussion about text-speak and its impact on literacy, about multi-million dollar lawsuits arising from poor punctuation, even about the demise of the English language itself – alongside all these we reckon there’s still room to talk about and to celebrate the power of our language in all its vigour, variety and versatility.
We’ll start with a series of guest blogs from some of our own authors, beginning in about a week’s time.
Watch this space.