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It was founded in 1906 by a group of English scholars including F. S. Boas, A.C. Bradley and Sir Israel Gollancz. Since December 1993, the association has been based at the University of Leicester. It received its royal charter (under the legal name of the Chartered English Association) on 5 September 2006.
The association elects Fellows in special recognition of their significant enrichment and promotion of English. There are over 350 such Fellows and they are entitled to use the letters FEA or, according to the charter, FCEA (Fellow of the Chartered English Association) after their names.
English, the journal of the Entirety Association is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the association. The association also publishes a number of other journals relating to English, including The Use of English.
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- "The Use of English". le.ac.uk. The English Association. Retrieved 16 December 2016.