Annie Martirosyan
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Annie is a linguist and Shakespeare researcher, with a PhD in Philology. She has taught English language at university level and is a freelance Russian to English translator. She has passion galore for Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, languages, Celts, Vikings, cathedrals and every book by David Crystal who is her lifelong inspiration.
She still reads fairy tales before bed.

Entries by Annie Martirosyan

Historical Thesaurus and Language Learning: The Possibilities

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 8:29 AM

Recently, Dr Susan Rennie from the University of Glasgow discovered the manuscript of James Boswell's Scottish Dictionary. There is a reference to it and a statement of intention in Boswell's Life of Johnson but no one was sure if the dictionary actually had been written. Now the University...

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Laurus - a Russian Masterpiece, a Universal Novel

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 8:39 AM

A Russian philologist has written a book that is a masterpiece by any standards. It has already been published in twenty languages, attracting international attention. First published in Russian in 2013, Eugene Vodolazkin's Laurus became an instant national success winning several of the most prestigious Russian literary awards, among them...

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New Shakespeare Film 'Bill' Is Ace

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Following previews and screenings, the new Shakespeare film Bill is hitting the cinemas this week. As an adult who regularly overdoses on Horrible Histories, I have been ridiculously excited about the coming of this film. Bill is produced by BBC Films with the cast made up mainly of the Horrible...

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The Magic in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 2:13 PM

Earlier this year BBC One showed the film adaptation of Susanna Clarke's bestselling debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It came out as historical fantasy TV mini-series and was a huge success, as the book had been following its publication by Bloomsbury in 2004. Now it is also available...

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Larmy, Mirligo, Betwittered - Resurrecting the Sexy Old Words

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:58 PM

In 2014, Pan Macmillan published You Say Potato - a book on English accents by Ben Crystal and David Crystal. It was complemented by an innovative map - the largest potato-base ever, registering accents from and outside the British Isles.

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A Dictionary You Want to Read From Cover to Cover

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 7:47 PM

If I were to choose one word to describe the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, it would be - beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever held in my hands! And as always with the Crystal standards, the quality lives up to...

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The Joy of Accents and Potatoes

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:02 AM

You Say Potato is yet another successful collaborative book by David Crystal and Ben Crystal. The title derives from Let's Call the Whole Thing Off sung by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film Shall We Dance. (Already got the tune...

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Dostoevsky Draws Shakespeare: The Fascinating Discovery

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Suddenly, Feodor Mikhailovich put down his tea cup carelessly on the draft, stood up and started his habitual intellectual ritual when he would walk to and fro in the room and make up his characters' speeches out loud...


It is the...

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Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: Crystal Explains

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 7:02 PM

I may as well be a biased reviewer of David Crystal's books given that Words in Time and Place is the 30th book by the author to find a place on my special Crystal shelf.

The importance of this latest book (actually no, Crystal published

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Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:34 PM

Another Crystal gem is released by the Oxford University Press. Produced with Hilary Crystal, his wife, business partner, occasional co-author and a novelist, the universally-adored prolific language warrior and wordsmith David Crystal has come up with a picturesque book, in...

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Shakespeare Institute Students Wow Royal Shakespeare Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 7:31 PM

If you could ask Shakespeare one thing, what would it be? Building on this question, the MA Shakespeare and Creativity students at the Shakespeare Institute scripted an assessed creative project called Shakespeare UnBard which mounted in a performance at the Royal Shakespeare...

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Another Shakespeare Title by Bloomsbury

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 10:43 PM

An outstanding UK publisher with worldwide reach, Bloomsbury is renowned for their range of Shakespeare publications with a special imprint - The Arden Shakespeare.

One of the recent books of The Arden Shakespeare - Shakespeare UP Close: Reading Early Modern Texts - is...

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As You Like It in Review: RSC Has Got a New Peggy Ashcroft?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 8:50 PM

Maria Aberg has done it again. The way she could make an incredibly tasteful use of balloons and confetti in King John last year, she has now succeeded in creating an enchanted forest of Arden with boots, blankets and beams. The gently spinning trees on the backdrop of the stage...

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Shakespeare by No Other Name

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:34 AM

I might have started my journey with Shakespeare as an anti-Shakespearean. Well, at least, that's what anti-Shakespeareans believe will happen to you if only you open your mind and let the enlightening rays of truth in. I clearly remember the first lecture on Shakespeare at university. Open swung the door...

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The Wonders of the Language of Shakespeare's Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 10:11 AM

In terms of language development, the Early Modern period is an important signpost. It was a time when the English language was being enriched at all levels and would eventually grow into the subtle-potent tongue we know today. Shakespeare was living in an era full of linguistic diversity and growing...

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Celebrating Linguistic Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:33 PM

The ability to write in an engaging, enticing and encouraging manner is an art. The question has always been crucial in academic writing. Of course, academic writing should be exempt from everyday patterns of usage and should have a distinct style. Yet the distinctness is sometimes taken to the extreme...

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Shakespeare Professor Unveils Our Demonic Dimension

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 7:16 AM

I rarely meet people who share my bittersweet obsession with both Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. So when I do, the elation is boundless. That's what made me gasp as I was looking through the contents of The Demonic: Literature and Experience, newly published by Routledge. The author,

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What's in a Sex? Understanding the Sexual in Early Modern England

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Every probing into the past is illuminating to the present. Applying our intuitions to understand past practices is rewarding but exploring history to make better sense of our present concerns is even more fulfilling. History is not merely a vacuum, a reality in its own shell, a lived away period...

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John Bradburne - The Believer, The Humanist, The Most Prolific English Poet

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Not many people know of John Bradburne - not as many as should, since he is probably the most prolific English poet. But you will be excused for thinking that title is Shakespeare's. Professor David Crystal, the expert on both poets, estimates that Bradburne produced 170,000 lines of...

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The Delights of Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 6:03 PM

Nothing equals the joy of sniffing, caressing and reading a book. The feeling is more fulfilling when the book is a Folio edition or gilded or really old or illustrated or comes with someone's random token forgotten inside the pages... Mmmm, nothing better than the intoxicating smell of oldness which...

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