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How Social Media Is Changing the English Language (and Why It Matters to Marketers)

How Social Media Is Changing the English Language (and Why It Matters to Marketers) | Krissie Mohinani's Language Journal | Scoop.it
Technology is changing the way we communicate. From 140-character Twitter limits to an ever-expanding list of text messaging acronyms, technology is clearly having an impact on language and the words we use to relate to one another.
For more than 200 years, Collins Dictionary has been one of the world's most respected dictionaries and a gatekeeper of the English language. Recently, we at Collins opened up CollinsDictionary.com to crowdsourcing, inviting English speakers from around the globe to suggest words they believe should be included in the lexicon.
As a result of our crowdsourcing initiative, we're discovering that social media is playing an important role not only in introducing new terms into the dictionary but also in accelerating the rate at which new terms reach critical mass in the culture. More important, we're learning that social media and crowdsourcing are helping us do a better job in achieving the objectives at the heart of our publishing.
Crowdsourcing the English Language
Staying current with the pace at which the English language is evolving is difficult. Online technology is a driving force in the rapid creation and proliferation of new words. These days, people are just as likely to turn to a dictionary to look up terms they encounter online as they are to search for words they have encountered at school or work.

Read more: http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2012/8889/how-social-media-is-changing-the-english-language-and-why-it-matters-to-marketers#ixzz26L3KJYNz


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The History of the English Language, Animated

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"The Sun never sets on the English language."

The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and
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English test scores down; blame texting, social media? - The Virginian-Pilot

English test scores down; blame texting, social media?
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English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome.
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The English Language Is Here to Stay

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As China's interests and influence grow in Asia, it is crucial that the U.S. strengthen its ties with other countries in the region.
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Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour

Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour | Krissie Mohinani's Language Journal | Scoop.it
Swearing provokes a physical stress response, researchers have found … even when it's an accident

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The English Tongue: the evolution of language

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In today’s world, many of us simply accept modern language as a given. English is so widely spoken that it seems almost impossible to consider that it is actually a relatively new tongue. All languages have been on an incredible journey, shaped by human migration, politics, colonialism, and war, and English is no exception. With its roots in Germany and the Netherlands, English has evolved over many years, and still it continues to grow.
Originating from the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic invaders and various settler groups, English has been developed out of the West-Germanic language groups. With the kingdom of Britain being built from such a diversity of roots, Old English was initially a conglomeration of a number of dialects, until eventually Late West Saxon became the dominant voice.
During the Middle Ages the language was shaped into more of what we see today in modern English. In 1000 AD, the vocabulary and grammar of Old English was more akin to that of old Germanic languages like Old High German and Old Norse, but by 1400 AD, the language was largely recognisable to what we see today. This alteration in the language came as result of two further waves of invasion, bringing Scandinavian and Norman dialects into the language; the Scandinavian influence simplifying the language grammatically and the Normans developing Anglo-Norman where a large quantity of modern English vocabulary has its origins.


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Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

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Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.

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You may be bad at math because you're an English-speaker - Quartz

You may be bad at math because you're an English-speaker - Quartz | Krissie Mohinani's Language Journal | Scoop.it
You may be bad at math because you're an English-speaker Quartz As the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall), research shows that children learning counting and arithmetic in English have weaker skills than those studying in other tongues—notably,...
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NAILED IT: This Ad Calls Out 5 Ridiculous Double Standards Women Face In Less Than 60 Seconds

NAILED IT: This Ad Calls Out 5 Ridiculous Double Standards Women Face In Less Than 60 Seconds | Krissie Mohinani's Language Journal | Scoop.it
In a widely-read study, Harvard Business School students were given a case assignment on Heidi, a real-life successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. But there was a catch...

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LOL isn't funny anymore

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John McWhorter says the evolution of "LOL" shows how texting has become a new language

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