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Is it a case of 'the younger, the better' for children learning a new language?

Is it a case of 'the younger, the better' for children learning a new language? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Unless young children are totally immersed in a foreign language, they actually learn it better when they're a bit older.
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The author of the article, Florence Myles, received funding from the ESRC for the study 'Learning French from ages 5, 7 and 11: an investigation into starting ages, rates and routes of learning amongst early foreign language learners' (ESRC RES-062-23-1545).

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Festive tastes have changed but Christmas is still a cracker

Some of Britain’s traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal, a new study of spoken English has revealed.

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The research cited in the article was carried out by a joint team including the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University.

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BBC Radio Lancashire - Googles most popular search terms 2014

Radio programme inlcuding interview regarding googles most popular search terms for 2014..

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Programme interviews Dr Claire Hardaker from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), based at Lancaster University, about Googles most popular search terms of 2014.

Interview starts at 02:51:15 and concludes at 02:54:40

Programme originally aired 16/12/2014

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Exploring voice to create an alternative language

Exploring voice to create an alternative language | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

During November, Bristol academics are working with artist Emma Smith to host a series of events which explore the power of the voice to connect us to one another.

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Emma Smith: 5Hz - Vocalise to Socialise was an event at the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Mixed prospects for bilingual pupils

Mixed prospects for bilingual pupils | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Primary school children from English speaking homes who attend Welsh only schools are less likely to be top performers in maths, science and English than English-medium pupils

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The article cites Dr Mirain Rhys from the ESRC-funded Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).

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Let's stop calling this hacking 'The Fappening'

Let's stop calling this hacking 'The Fappening' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the leak of private naked photos of 100 female A-listers is becoming known online as 'The Fappening', Radhika Sanghani questions why we're reducing a serious crime to a sexual hashtag

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The article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker, who is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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‘I was changing a nappy when call for help came’

‘I was changing a nappy when call for help came’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A Lancaster University linguistics lecturer has used her expertise to give an insight into the background of an Islamist State militant connected with the death of a US journalist. Guardian reporter Gayle Rouncivell spoke to Dr Claire Hardaker about her unexpected popularity within the national media.
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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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Dudes, do we use too many Americanisms these days?

Dudes, do we use too many Americanisms these days? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The University of Cambridge and Lancaster University have released findings that point to the idea that the sway of America via various mediums has meant that our vocabularies have changed substantially over the past few years.


The study is in its infancy and is currently being referred to as the 'Spoken British National Corpus 2014', which is an initiative whereby linguists from both universities have collected conversations from British speakers from across the UK.

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The article discusses the work of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, with comment from Professor Tony McEnery.

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BBC Radio 4 - English language becomes more Americanised

BBC Radio 4 - English language becomes more Americanised | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

National and international news from BBC Radio 4. Aired 26 August 2014.

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Programme discussing the changing English language, featuring Robbie Love of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

Starting at 28:00 and concluding at 30:05

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Implications??

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Cheerio pussy cat, hi there awesome English

Cheerio pussy cat, hi there awesome English | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Use of 'cheerio' dying out as English language becomes more Americanised, with 'awesome' gaining ground as the most characteristic emotive word

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

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Lancaster University staff new international centre established to address child language learning and delay

Lancaster University staff new international centre established to address child language learning and delay | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Experts from Lancaster University and the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool have secured one of the largest grants ever awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – to carry out research which will transform understanding of how children learn to communicate. 

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The £9 million cash injection over five years will see a new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) set up in the North West working with experts in the USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

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The trouble with relying on how people speak to determine asylum cases

The trouble with relying on how people speak to determine asylum cases | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Are tests to prove asylum seekers come from where they say they do impossible to do fairly?
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The authors of this article, Monika Schmid and Peter L Patrick, receive funding from the ESRC.

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Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal

Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Long-standing festive treats, such as sherry and brandy, are declining in popularity, according to the research by a joint team from Cambridge University Press and Lancaster University.

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Article cites research from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Stop snapping selfies and start vaping – it's the word of the year

Stop snapping selfies and start vaping – it's the word of the year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Selfies were so 2013. But vaping’s in: Oxford Dictionaries have announced vape as its international Word of the Year 2014. The runners up are bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore and slacktivism.

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Article by Robbie Love, of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science.

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Millenialocal's curator insight, December 30, 2014 4:10 PM

I get that it's only water vapor but it still smells.  

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Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched

Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers have completed the first phase of the world’s most extensive digital archive of Scottish Gaelic texts as part of a landmark project to revolutionise access and understanding of the language to public around the world.

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Article on the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project, part-funded by the ESRC.

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Study shows 'less is more' for kids learning new words

Study shows 'less is more' for kids learning new words | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Toddlers are much more successful at learning new words when the learning environment stays the same, according to new University of Sussex research.

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The article cites ESRC-funded research by Dr Jessica Horst and Dr Emma Axelsson from the University of Sussex.

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‘It’s never OK to normalise rape’

‘It’s never OK to normalise rape’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Singer LeAnn Rimes is under fire for making a rape joke. So is it ever acceptable to use the word in a humorous way and has its meaning changed? Radhika Sanghani reports

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The article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker, who is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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Cheerio Marvellous... You're No Longer Awesome

Cheerio Marvellous... You're No Longer Awesome | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The words cheerio and marvellous lose their popularity due to the American influence on Britons and the rise of the digital age.

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The article discusses the work of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, with comment from Professor Tony McEnery.

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Why marvellous isn't awesome any more

Why marvellous isn't awesome any more | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The digital revolution and America's growing influence on our culture have dramatically changed the way British people speak over the past two decades, new research has revealed.

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The article cites Language expert Professor Tony McEnery from the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University.

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Cheerio marvellous: The words disappearing from the English vocabulary

Cheerio marvellous: The words disappearing from the English vocabulary | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Things are no longer marvellous and they are certainly not fetch - but they are awesome, according to a new study.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

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Listening, not testing, will improve children's vocabulary

Listening, not testing, will improve children's vocabulary | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Every few months a story appears about the declining speech and language skills of children arriving in primary school. The epithet “the daily grunt” was invented by one newspaper to capture the lack of…
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This article was written by Professor James Law who has received funding from the ESRC.

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The loneliness of language difficulties

The loneliness of language difficulties | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Imagine listening to a foreign language you are not familiar with all day. It would be tiring and confusing. You would miss important information and you'd have to work very hard to understand what people were saying.

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