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America’s Slippery Slope Into Britishisms

America’s Slippery Slope Into Britishisms | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Snippets of British vernacular — “cheers” as a thank you — that were until recently as rare as steak and kidney pie on these shores are cropping up in the daily speech of Americans (particularly, New Yorkers).
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How American English is being invaded by British English.

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Esoteric articles of general interest, with a focus on British culture and developments related to the English language.
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These are the most difficult words to pronounce in the English language

These are the most difficult words to pronounce in the English language | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
“Worcestershire”. “Choir”. “Sixth”. For some, these words may seem relatively normal and everyday – but to others, they represent an unrivalled linguistic challenge. For almost two weeks, users of the online social platform reddit have been submitting what they consider to be “the hardest English word to pronounce”.
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Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed - BBC News

Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed - BBC News | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Scientists in the US have mapped out how the brain organises language.
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Interesting look at the semantic system where words are stored.
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Twelve incredibly British phrases the rest of the world doesn't understand

Twelve incredibly British phrases the rest of the world doesn't understand | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Americans have always had a bizarre fixation with the Queen (a remnant of the empire George Washington couldn’t scrub away?
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More British particularisms.
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A Linguistic Analysis Of Donald Trump Shows Why People Like Him So Much

A Linguistic Analysis Of Donald Trump Shows Why People Like Him So Much | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Sometimes when he speaks he seems erratic and unfocused, but this careful dissection of the Donald’s speech patterns shows the unusual way he talks is actually very deliberate.
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Interesting linguistic analysis.

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How language can affect the way we think

How language can affect the way we think | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.
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Whorfian stuff...

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Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? — John McWhorter — Aeon Essays

No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language
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BBC News: London's Underground languages

BBC News: London's Underground languages | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Underground overground: Take a journey through languages spoken above London's Victoria Line
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English nationalism is out of the bottle, whoever wins | Owen Jones

English nationalism is out of the bottle, whoever wins | Owen Jones | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
The Tories have fanned jingoism for short-term political aims, yet it is most lethal to Englishness itselfSpare a moment for the union, buried by its own defenders.
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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, 2015 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, 2015 4:19 PM

lesen anjicktable de british terrorisme الاشخاص من هده المنطقة

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The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Oldies and goodies: Check out our list of the ten oldest languages in the world.
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Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips
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A little on English style. I still tell students not to use particular conjunctions ("so", "but" & "and") at the beginning of academic essays, though.
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Where do England's most obscure phrases come from?, In Short - BBC Radio 5 live

Where do England's most obscure phrases come from?, In Short - BBC Radio 5 live | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Dr Guy Borgers helped treat nearly 100 victims of the Brussels explosions.
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Just a bunch of politicians | Macmillan

Just a bunch of politicians | Macmillan | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, may be regretting his choice of words in a political debate earlier this week. Mr Cameron’s opposite number, Jeremy
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Corpus-based approach to Cameron's use of language.

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Revealed: the gap between what you know about your country and the reality

Revealed: the gap between what you know about your country and the reality | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it

Think you know how overweight your country is, or its immigration levels? Then you’re probably wrong, according to an Ipsos Mori survey

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Interesting tool.

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BBC Voices - Accents and dialects | British Library - Sounds

Conversations about language recorded by BBC Nations and Regions
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The Vocabularist: Of lords, ladies and loaves - BBC News

The Vocabularist: Of lords, ladies and loaves - BBC News | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
Why peers might well take a stand on bread and butter issues.
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England’s problem with being English | Letters

England’s problem with being English | Letters | British Culture, Society & Languages | Scoop.it
One of those English eccentricities, namely the one addressed by Paul Mason (I do not want to be English – and any attempt to create an English identity will fail, 11 May), has always puzzled me.
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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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The Language Ctr's curator insight, October 1, 2015 10:32 AM

MY FAVORITE ONLINE GAME!

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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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