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Word up: how to improve and enlarge your vocabulary

Word up: how to improve and enlarge your vocabulary | English and Language | Scoop.it
A large lexicon helps open our minds, says memory coach Ed Cooke. Below, try our online ‘Memrise’ course for fun
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Oh, you’re using an expletive! You must know what you’re talking about then!

Oh, you’re using an expletive! You must know what you’re talking about then! | English and Language | Scoop.it
As my wife and I were loading our groceries into the car boot, (trunk for my US friends), a young mother was trying to get an uncooperative pre-schooler strapped into his car seat. Frustrated, a st...
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This article, written by a maths teacher mentor of mine, is as wise as it is funny. It discusses language change and attitudes to taboo words.

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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | English and Language | 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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McWhorter's crystal ball is being polished to try to scry what language willl be like in 100 years. 

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Have we literally broken the English language? | Martha Gill

Have we literally broken the English language? | Martha Gill | English and Language | Scoop.it
Martha Gill: Well, no, but the redefinition of 'literally' leaves it in a rather awkward state. Perhaps it's a word best avoided for the moment
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Are speaking figuratively or literally when we say we 'literally fell off our chairs laughing'? Unless we actually did fall many language watchers would say the use of 'literally' is incorrect. The Dictionary now disagrees. This has caused controversy. In fact, that was a massive understatement.

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And, like, she goes 'yeah, nah': terminating our bad speech habits

And, like, she goes 'yeah, nah': terminating our bad speech habits | English and Language | Scoop.it
Australians aren’t well known for their articulation. From Kath and Kim to Kylie Mole, we’re the first to poke fun at our poor speech habits.
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Are Australians using bad grammar? Are they poor speakers? Inarticulate even?
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Um or er: which do you, um, use more in, er, conversation?

Um or er: which do you, um, use more in, er, conversation? | English and Language | Scoop.it
“English speakers are increasingly punctuating their speech with ‘um’ rather than ‘er’, according to socio-linguists at Edinburgh University. So why the, um, shift, asks Stuart Jeffries”
Via Julie Cumming-Debrot
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Umm well, what do I say next? er, this pause gives me time to think? But why is it on the increase?
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Monkey See, Monkey Speak - Scientific American

Monkey See, Monkey Speak - Scientific American | English and Language | Scoop.it
“ Scientists use language and logic to translate monkey sounds into English and develop linguistic rules for primate dialects.”
Via Pascual Pérez-Paredes
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Can animals use language? It is one of the questions that you have asked in class. Here is some research to help you learn more.
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Learn how to use dashes in your writing

Learn how to use dashes in your writing | English and Language | Scoop.it
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Punctuation is critically important to meaning in writing. It helps your reader understand your meaning. Some tips can be found on this helpful blog.

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

How languages evolve - Alex Gendler | English and Language | Scoop.it
Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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This ahort video gives an overview of language families and theories about the history of languages. 

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Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda

Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda | English and Language | Scoop.it
A book has attempted to an unlock ‘one of the funniest and strangest English varieties in the world’. Are you a Uglish speaker? Or fond of another type of colloquialisms? Tell us about it
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Englishes around the world all have their own unique features. African English, specifically Ugandan English, is explored in this article.

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The Americans are destroying the English language – or are they?

The Americans are destroying the English language – or are they? | English and Language | Scoop.it
In 1995 Prince Charles caused a ruckus when he lamented the unchecked spread of American English – and the effect of American usage is one that’s perennially lamented. But is it true? Are Americans really…
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Those of us who care about the English language may find it easy to tease or blame Americans for the damage they have caused to language and their idiosyncratic way of using it. However, this is too simple in most cases, and in some cases, plain wrong.

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Why academics stink at writing.

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Academic writing is often upheld as the holy grail of intellectual communication. Schools try to teach it to students. We have to ask why. Steven Pinker takes academic writing to task.

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Kid demonstrates English language in 24 accents

Kid demonstrates English language in 24 accents | English and Language | Scoop.it
This video is terrific fun, not to mention loaded with cussing.

Me attempting to do 24 different accents from my own country and from other countries around the world.
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Some of these are close, some not so. It does show the variety of English pronunciation.

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Modern tribes: the grammar pedant | Catherine Bennett

Modern tribes: the grammar pedant | Catherine Bennett | English and Language | Scoop.it
‘The abuse of language causes needless anger, hurt and offence. It’s a question of good manners. Did you really just say refute?’
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I have my membership card!
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A study of language death and revival with a particular focus on Manx Gaelic

An MA dissertation (thesis) by Simon Ager that explores themes of language death and revival and which focuses particularly on the decline and revival of Manx Gaelic.
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The concept of language death has been around as long as the idea of the tower of Babel. 

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Word processing

Word processing | English and Language | Scoop.it
WHAT is a word? The question might seem easy. One answer is that the list of all words in a language can be found in a dictionary. A second, commonsense definition,...
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We don't really know what words are. Most of our definitions fall short.

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What does it mean to speak correct English?

What does it mean to speak correct English? | English and Language | Scoop.it
“ Some time ago, James Taylor's article: 'Why I wish I was a non-native English speaker teacher' raised quite a bit of a stir because of its content and thought-provoking title. Interestingly, one na...”
Via TeachingEnglish
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Is language really going to hell in a hand basket? For hundreds, if not more, of years, people have been pronouncing the doom of language and pointed the finger of blame at those lazy, irresponsible people who are using it so incorrectly that they are irrevocably damaging it. Really.
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Letter to The Sunday Times in support of A Level English Language and Literature

Letter to The Sunday Times in support of A Level English Language and Literature | English and Language | Scoop.it
The following letter was sent to The Sunday Times by Professor Susan Bruce, Chair of University English, in response to an article published in the May 11th edition of the paper about the OCR/ EMC ...
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The letter linked to here gives a fine rationale for studying all forms of English, not just literary and privileged ones.
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3 ways to speak English

3 ways to speak English | English and Language | Scoop.it
“Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.””
Via Julie Cumming-Debrot
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Is there one English or are there many Englishes? The varieties of English are many and all are flavoured by the L1 of the speakers. We will look in more detail at this in Unit Two of VCE English Language.
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Grammarly Exclusive: Interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic

Grammarly Exclusive: Interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic | English and Language | Scoop.it
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This is to totally read. Split infinitive intentional!

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Go ahead, make up new words!

Go ahead, make up new words! | English and Language | Scoop.it
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
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Lexicographer Erin McKean encourages the creation of neologisms in this talk.

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My synonym hell | Mind your language

My synonym hell | Mind your language | English and Language | Scoop.it
Jamie Fahey: When you start calling carrots 'popular orange vegetables', something has gone badly wrong. Bring on the subeditors!
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Using 'pov' as a synonym for 'carrot' is plainly ridiculous. However some synonyms make writing more interesting. The author here goes on a journey through Guardian articles to look for, what he believes, are ridiculous examples of verbiage. 

I quite like some of them. The flexibility of language is interesting and can be wonderfully creative. It can also, create some hilarious moments.

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8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | David Shariatmadari

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | David Shariatmadari | English and Language | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful
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I love that this article about phonology and phonetics, not to mention lexicology, has more comments than Rticle. It just goes to show how passionate people are about language. The puns are very clever too.

read the comments.

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How to tell if your child has a speech or language impairment

How to tell if your child has a speech or language impairment | English and Language | Scoop.it

rn learn language in some predictable ways. It is difficult to clearly determine what normal speech development is. Babies are born communicating. Their cries and coos speak volumes. However, much-anticipated first words do not appear until 12 months later. By 18 months, the average child says about 50 words. By the…

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Child language acquisition is fascinating because of its diversity and because while there are many theories about it, the normal development is a very wide set of behaviours.

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David Crystal |

David Crystal | | English and Language | Scoop.it
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David Crystal is one of the foremost experts on the English Language. On this page he shares articles.

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