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All about The English language. It's use and abuse, the subsystems and interesting ways people use it.
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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 |

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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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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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