Language Advisory Service

 
GRAMMARPHONE (English language advisory service)

 

Objective

To assist members of the public with grammar and usage.

Method of rendering service

Providing a telephone and e-mail advisory service.

A Cautionary Note!

We are advisors, not instructors. We don’t lay down the law so much as chart a course avoiding the rocks of grammar and syntax.

Staffing

Most of our volunteers have spent many years in appropriate fields such as education and are extremely well equipped — all give their services out of love of the English language and a desire to facilitate its use and enhance its standards

Scope of service

Giving advice on grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, semantics, spelling and syntax, as well as practical guidance on matters of usage.

Negotiable areas

Drafting letters, references or other texts, editing, proofreading, translating and providing regular service to any organization — individual consultants are free to undertake such services but may well be expected to negotiate appropriate fees for them.

Excluded

Doing homework, drafting answers to quizzes, contests and crosswords, and accepting (or allowing the Academy to accept) legal responsibility for advice given.

Spoken and Written English

English can be spoken with a variety of accents, and no language judgements can be made about them.  We provide advice on written English only. There is an international standard for writing English, and in South Africa we use the standard based on British usage in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

American English

There are, of course, many Englishes. We strive to offer information about the written form of English used in South Africa, which is based on British usage. Several Web sites give detailed lists of differences in spelling and grammar between British English and American English, e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_differences.

FAQs

Many of the points of usage that we are asked about are discussed in the English Academy booklet, Guidelines on Terms and Punctuation. Copies may be ordered from the English Academy Office.

Contents: -ize/-ise; the ampersand (&); the solidus (/); hyphens and the compounding of words; abbreviations and the use of the full stop; capital letters

Other sources of help

We have listed sources that you can consult yourself under Links and Recommended Reading. Click here to be transferred to these sections.

Spread of service

As shown in the schedule below. We are always seeking to enrol new consultants, particularly in areas where little or no help is currently being given.

Enquiries

See below

Counsellors

:

* Preferred method of communication

 

NAME ADDRESS HOME WORK CELL FAX EMAIL
JOHANNESBURG            
Mr Joel ALSWANG *PO Box 64043
Highlands North
2037
011 786 7340   082 610 0888 *011 786 6336  
Mrs Doris RAVENHILL PO Box 130721
Bryanston
2021
*011 463 2068     011 463 2068 deeraven@global.co.za
Mrs Kate TURKINGTON PO Box 4965
Halfway House
1685
011 314 1258       katet1@telkomsa.net
PRETORIA            
Prof. Stephen FINN 222 Aries Street
Waterkloof Ridge
0181
  012 346 0496 083 709 4093   *finnfam@mweb.co.za
Mr David LEVEY
(08:00 to 16:00)
Dept. of English, UNISA
PO Box 392
0003
012 333 5053 012 429 6526 *083 384 1324 012 429 6222 leveydnr@unisa.ac.za
Mr John PRICE
(14:30 to 16:00)
PO Box 801
Pretoria
0001
  012 342 9164   012 342 9165 lawyers@findlay.co.za
KWAZULU-NATAL            
Prof. Elwyn Jenkins 400 Amber Valley
Private Bag X30
Howick 3290
033 239 5400   083 353 6201   ejenkins@mweb.co.za
Mrs Janet WHELAN 87 Somerset Country Estate
450 Queen Elizabeth Avenue Glenwood
4001
031 261 3079   072 422 3233   *whelanj@xsinet.co.za
Professor Peter TITLESTAD P O Box 151,
Mtunzini
3867
035 340 1352   082 491 2440   pjht@iafrica.com
EASTERN CAPE            
Mr Lindsay WALKER
(11:00 – 18:00)
P O Box 207
Bathurst
6166
*046 625 0115   082 509 2086   *lindsay@internext.co.za

*Preferred medium of communication

 

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