DC is the President of my professional society, so I have had the good fortune of hearing him speak on a number of occasions. If you ever get the chance to hear him do go, as he is very good value - interesting and amusing, and a great presenter. Oh, and he lives in Wales, of course - on Ynys Môn.
That looks like a cracking read Mike. I have a colleague at work who studied linguistics at Oxford, speaks several languages and is rather pedantic. Several people have commented that they have received correction to their grammar and punctuation in his replies to work emails!
A light-hearted article with explanations (some of which are a bit tenuous, like the influence of Latin and Greek, that is the same in many other languages) why English is the way it is. What I found interesting is the passage about the influence of Celtic on English - the use of “do” according to the article, but according to others there is much more, e.g. the use of the gerund.
I found this fascinating! Obviously we’ve all known always that English is a polyglot mixture, but I hadn’t reallised how much influence those originally invaded still had, the mothers of the next generation in particular, no doubt!