Blue Plaque Unveiling for Stephen Pit Corder, De Grey Lecture Theatre, Sunday, 12. May 2019

Pit Corder was a professor of applied linguistics and the first Chair of BAAL (1967-70). Best known for his contribution to the study of error analysis, he was instrumental in the development of applied linguistics as a practical and academic discipline in the United Kingdom.
Pit Corder was born at 4 Bootham Terrace in York, into a Quaker family.  He was educated at Bootham School, where his father was a teacher. He read modern languages at Oxford University (1936-39), and served in Finland and Egypt in the Friends’ Ambulance Unit in World War II. After the war, Corder worked for the British Council in Austria, Turkey, Jamaica and Colombia, and then for the University of Edinburgh as Professor and Director of the School of Applied Linguistics.
The award of a blue plaque, in acknowledgement of Corder’s contribution to the discipline of applied linguistics, was proposed by students of the MA Applied Linguistics at York St John University.
This event, hosted by the Centre for Language and Social Justice at York St John University, celebrates the unveiling of the plaque at Corder’s birthplace in York; a city with a long tradition of research and activism in support of social justice.
Event Schedule

Noon Lunch in De Grey foyer, opportunity to share memories of Pit Corder and thoughts about applied linguistics now

13.00 Short walk to 4 Bootham Terrace for the unveiling of the blue plaque

14.00 Return to De Grey foyer for coffee and cake

14.15 A series of talks to include the current Chair of BAAL, Dr Dawn Knight, in De Grey lecture theatre

16.30 Drinks in De Grey foyer

About BAAL
The British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) is a professional association, based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics. BAAL currently has an international professional membership of around 1000 members. The association organises scientific meetings, and publishes a newsletter and conference proceedings, as well as supporting applied linguistic activity via funding, special interest groups and an annual book prize. BAAL brings together the applied linguistics community via BAALmail, a dedicated webmail list, through which members share and discuss applied linguistics-related news, achievements and opportunities.
For information about membership benefits and how to join BAAL, please see:
For any questions about the event, please email Dr Rachel Wicaksono, Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University:
AccessibilityPlease note that this event will involve travelling from York St John University to 4 Bootham Terrace (0.7 miles/ 11 min walk). 
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Sunday, 12. May 2019, De Grey Lecture Theatre, Blue Plaque Unveiling for Stephen Pit Corder

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