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How the internet is changing English

How the internet is changing English | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Online, English has become a common language between users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.
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The language is evolving further and further away from its origin.

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Mind your language! Swearing around the world

Mind your language! Swearing around the world | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
What makes a word profane, and how does cursing vary from place to place? James Harbeck explains. Warning: contains very strong language.
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Interesting cross-cultural insight on taboo words and swearing.

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Thousand of new words added to Scrabble dictionary - BBC News

Thousand of new words added to Scrabble dictionary - BBC News | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Thousands of new words - including lolz, shizzle and cakehole - are added to the latest edition of the Collins Scrabble Word List.
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I will be consigning 'quinzhee' to my memory.

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Important Infrequently Used Words To Know

Important Infrequently Used Words To Know | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Paul V. Hartman (The Capitalized syllable gets the emphasis) A alacrity       a-LACK-ra-tee      cheerful willingness and promptness anathema       a-NATH-a-ma      a thing or person cursed, banned...
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Give your vocabulary a work out.

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An English Teacher Marked A Ukip Flyer And It Flunked

An English Teacher Marked A Ukip Flyer And It Flunked | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
A flyer apparently handed out by a Ukip councillor has been on the receiving end of a devastating critique by an English teacher.

The literature, which appears to be the work of Frome councillor Derek Tanswell, outlines his achievements in the are...
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The best and worst of UK culture?

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Secrets of learning a language — quickly

Secrets of learning a language — quickly | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Your dream job awaits — if you can quickly pick up a language. Here’s how to do it quickly.
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Tips for learning a language for instrumental reasons. What do you think?

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Achingly unacceptable: the bad language that bugs me | Jeremy Butterfield

Achingly unacceptable: the bad language that bugs me | Jeremy Butterfield | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
As a professional linguist I try to embrace changes to modern English, but there are a few illiterate horrors I just can’t abide
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More from the frontline.

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Losing my Welsh: what it feels like to forget a language

Losing my Welsh: what it feels like to forget a language | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
I hope so, or as we say in Welsh: gobeithio
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Losing a language is like losing a self.

 

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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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I am tempted to go and study Hmong...

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Corrina Phoenix Miss English's curator insight, May 6, 3:50 PM

English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages.

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Johnson: Simpler and more foreign

Johnson: Simpler and more foreign | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
SEVERAL weeks ago, Johnson discussed his debate with Nicholas Ostler about the lingua franca of the future. Johnson thinks that English has a very long run...
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A future for English

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How The London Boroughs Got Their Names

How The London Boroughs Got Their Names | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
A borough named after sheep?
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Interesting bit of linguistic/etymological history.

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?
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Some interestingly named theories/projects in this tale of children's language as linguistic root.

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We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight

We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
The 11 largest languages in the world are Chinese, English, Hindi/Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Bengali, Japanese, German and French.
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The numbers change but the story remains the same.

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8 Pronunciation Errors that Changed Modern English

8 Pronunciation Errors that Changed Modern English | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Toe-may-to, toh-mah-to?
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velarisation, epenthesis etc

 

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How the language you speak changes your view of the world

How the language you speak changes your view of the world | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.
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Corrina Phoenix Miss English's curator insight, May 19, 7:35 AM

Benefits of being bilingual.

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
How does the U.S. compare to the world in terms of language diversity?
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Nice charts, updating numbers in a number of areas.

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25 maps that explain the English language

25 maps that explain the English language | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
From Beowulf to Wikipedia, here's how English grew, spread, and changed.
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Love maps?; there are some good ones here.

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model de moi's curator insight, June 28, 4:19 PM

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
I’ve started recognizing a common thread to the latest trends in teaching. Flipped learning, blending learning, student-centered learning, project-based learning, and even self-organized learning—they all marginalize the teacher’s expertise. Or, to put it more euphemistically, they all transform the teacher into a more facilitative role.

Via Nik Peachey
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The companies that are taking over teachers' roles.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 3, 6:04 AM

Interesting article, but can't say that I agree on what the conception of a teachers expertise is. It's not about subject knowledge it's about understanding learning.

RossanaPiccini's comment, April 3, 10:01 AM
This is not just sad news for us teachers, it is a dangerous belief in the power a few powerful people to control education at large. I find this worrying.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 21, 9:44 PM

There are two things that stood out for me in this article. First, Derrida's concept of deconstruction is a critical deconstructing of what we think is reality. His writing about teaching would not have eliminated the teacher and replaced the teacher with a burger flipper. The teacher's role would certainly transform and move beyond what we understand it to be, but it would be reconstructed to be further deconstructed.

 

The second point is that teaching is about leading and relating to students. That does not mean we do without teachers. It means that teachers are finding their way along the path.

 

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The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape

The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
For decades the leading nature writer has been collecting unusual words for landscapes and natural phenomena – from aquabob to zawn.
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Use of definite article shows ‘radical decline’ in last century, research shows

Use of definite article shows ‘radical decline’ in last century, research shows | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Academic’s analysis of American English usage shows striking fall, suggesting ‘trend towards greater informality in writing’
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Article use is changing.

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Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists | Langology

Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists | Langology | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Language, language and linguistic news.
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There's joy in repetition...

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The ten bad habits that leave Britons feeling most infuriated

The ten bad habits that leave Britons feeling most infuriated | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
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Might be guilty of one of those myself...

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Common Errors in English Usage

Common Errors in English Usage | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
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I don't think there can be a more comprehensive list than this although some of these errors must obviously be more common in the States than in the UK.

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'Children should start learning languages at age three' - Telegraph

'Children should start learning languages at age three' - Telegraph | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Our European neighbours shame us by their ability to converse in English. The Government would like that to be a thing of the past. So would Catherine Ford
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A look at language learning and British Culture (esp in the comments).

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Spelling it out: is it time English speakers loosened up?

Spelling it out: is it time English speakers loosened up? | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Josephine Livingstone: English is an uncommonly tricky language to spell. Is this why we put it on such a pedestal?
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