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A linguist analyses Boris Johnson’s apology

By Claire Hardaker, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics, Lancaster University
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Over the past month, the government crisis of “partygate” has escalated with every new headline about potential lockdown breaches by government staff. Plenty of experts have focused on guidelines and laws relevant to these alleged events, but the ongoing controversy has also been peculiarly linguistic in nature.

Journalists and politicians alike struggled over the precise meaning of phrases like party, social…The Conversation

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