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Guest post: creating scientists in 140 characters | Sci-Ed

Guest post: creating scientists in 140 characters | Sci-Ed | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
The use of twitter in a science classroom. John Romano's students watch the documentary Inside Nature's Giants and discuss it via hashtag.
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About teaching science rather than linguistics - but what a great way to do it!

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Sociolinguistics examines how language is meaningfully linked to social differences between people, be it in terms of their geographical origin, their social class, their age or their gender.
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28 Accents of France / 28 accents de France [audio] - YouTube

28 Accents of France / 28 accents de France [audio] - YouTube | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
28 accents of French from France. 28 accents français de France. Audio samples of 28 regional accents of France. Listen to 30 accents from France. Regional p...
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French accents

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A long decline

A long decline | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
THE English language, we all know, is in decline. The average schoolchild can hardly write, one author has recently warned. Well, not that recently perhaps. It was...
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The last acceptable prejudice

The last acceptable prejudice | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
PICTURE this, if you can.Last month, I attended an international academic conference. During a conversation with a colleague, I was introduced to a doctoral student...
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Dialect Endangered (Robert Laurenson)

Dialect Endangered (Robert Laurenson) | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Something needs to be said about the changes which are affecting the way we as Shetlanders speak.
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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 | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
After being fluent in the language as a child, today Ellie finds herself painfully searching for words on Google translate
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We asked 986 British people what they called the playground chasing-game: tig, tag or it

We asked 986 British people what they called the playground chasing-game: tig, tag or it | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Here are the results: Tig and tiggy are found in the north (and Cornwall), and tag in the South. The Home Counties use h-words: he, hit and had, which are…
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Young Women Shouldn't Have to Talk Like Men to Be Taken Seriously

Young Women Shouldn't Have to Talk Like Men to Be Taken Seriously | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
If you're a young woman, you've probably been told there's something wrong with your voice. It seems like there are always new features of women’s speech that need to be corrected, be ituptalk, vocal fry, higher pitch, swoopy intonation (believe it or not, that is the technical linguistic term), using discourse markers like “like,” or simply speaking too much. One...
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The Southern Irish are better at pulling than the rest of the UK. Here's why

The Southern Irish are better at pulling than the rest of the UK. Here's why | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Sorry, Brummies. The rest of the UK don't like you
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Stanford linguist says prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings

Stanford linguist says prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Linguistics professor John R. Rickford contends justice was not served in the Trayvon Martin shooting, in part because testimony in the African American vernacular was discredited.
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The Unusual Syntax of “Sexiest Man Alive”

The Unusual Syntax of “Sexiest Man Alive” | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
In the wake of People magazine’s announcement of its choice for this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” our thoughts, naturally, turn to the unusual syntax of this phrase.
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Language Crisis: The American Indian Reality

Language Crisis: The American Indian Reality | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
In the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, a few more elderly native speakers of Cherokee silently pass away every few months. A language spoken for at least three millennia in the region faces extinction....
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Welsh problems: 44 things you only have to deal with if you're Welsh

Welsh problems: 44 things you only have to deal with if you're Welsh | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
No one knows what you mean half the time and things you were told as a child terrify you to this day. These are problems you only have to deal with if you're Welsh
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Quite a few linguistic bits here too

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What linguists say about Kevin Spacey's bizarre Southern accent on House of Cards

The show has always had one big, scenery-chewing constant: Kevin Spacey's Southern accent.
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How to do a Southern accent (for dialect in Lit and Film class)

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Why speaking proper still counts as having an accent

Why speaking proper still counts as having an accent | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
BBC English is still so dominant that it can be easy to forget it's a dialect. But calling its speakers "accentless" only heightens its power.
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People should not be held back by their accents, says Esther McVey - Telegraph

People should not be held back by their accents, says Esther McVey - Telegraph | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Employment Minister Esther McVey says people should be proud of their regional accents
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At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win

At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
A dispatch from the place where the nation’s most well-regarded grammarians, etymologists and language enthusiasts gather to talk shop.
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«Le français précoce» divise le pays

«Le français précoce» divise le pays | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
La Suisse fait face aujourd’hui à des luttes intestines de nature linguistique: des cantons alémaniques refusent désormais d’enseigner le français dans leurs écoles primaires. Les Romands voient la cohésion de la nation en danger.
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Switzerland - English before French in some Swiss-German cantons...

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The polls are all wrong – here are 9 reasons why the Brummie accent is a thing of beauty

The polls are all wrong – here are 9 reasons why the Brummie accent is a thing of beauty | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Every year someone somewhere will find it amusing to conduct a poll to find Britain’s worst accent, and the Brummie accent will win – by which me mean “lose” And…
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Shut yer face! I'm fed up being ridiculed for my regional accent in academia - Telegraph

Shut yer face! I'm fed up being ridiculed for my regional accent in academia - Telegraph | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
University lecturer Dr Katie Edwards has faced prejudice for her regional Mexborough accent - so much so, that she's conducted research into it. Here, she explains why the problem is so much worse in academic circles
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My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK

My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago on Hooker Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head was way too small for his neck, asked if my truck was stolen, I laughed, said no, and shamefully showed him my license and my ID, just like Lanre Akinsiku. The ID, which ensures that I can spend the rest of my life in a lush state park with fat fearless squirrels, surrounded by enlightened white folks who
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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue

Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Are words on the way out?
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Language vote would be ‘dangerous’ for Switzerland - SWI swissinfo.ch

Language vote would be ‘dangerous’ for Switzerland - SWI swissinfo.ch | Sociolinguistics Links | Scoop.it
Any escalation in the current foreign language teaching controversy in Switzerland that leads to a vote would be dangerous and leave ...
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