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So who needs language?

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   Can we write more directly and more effectively to each other by chucking out all those words and using emoticons or emoji instead?  Three social networks are offering images to bypass text altogether.  Could this be, at last, a universal language?

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Proof the Scottish and English don't speak the same language - Metro

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Proof the Scottish and English don't speak the same language
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The Scottish referendum has stirred up raw emotions both sides of the border, despite the fact we've shared some incredible moments.

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Does English still borrow words from other languages?

Does English still borrow words from other languages? | Natasha's Language Journal | Scoop.it

"English language has 'borrowed' words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking, asks Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. "

 

Knowledge of what is being borrowed, and from where, provides an invaluable insight into the international relations of the English language.  Today English borrows words from other languages with a truly global reach.


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Amanda Morgan's comment, September 13, 2014 6:08 PM
Words of the English language were borrowed from other numerous languages. Foreign words will continue to be introduced to the language with the growth of globalization
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Words of the English language were borrowed from other numerous languages. Foreign words will continue to be introduced to the language with the growth of globalization

Chris Plummer's curator insight, January 12, 2015 11:44 PM

Summary- This article explains how the English language is using many words from other languages. Leg, sky, take , they are all examples of these words borrowed.  In this example these languages are from the Scandinavian language. While we may not realize it, we use words from languages every single day. English is like a melting pot of mixed languages.

 

Insight- In Unit 3 one thing we study is where languages come from. Languages come from many places and ofter are similar to some, and very different from others. Many languages such as ours, "borrow" words from other languages to be in out own. This shows that the diffusion of many languages mix or overlap a little.

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Latin words in English - Word Information

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Latin words directly incorporated into English which are essentially without changes from their original spelling
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Pre-schoolers encouraged to learn a second language - SBS

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Pre-schoolers encouraged to learn a second language
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Originally from Colombia, she uses a Spanish language app to help the children learn.
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Tweet Like A Girl on Twitter: "English teachers be like... http://t.co/LYkxj2alXX"

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RT @ItsReginaG: English teachers be like... http://t.co/c27RND9AG7
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One Planet, One Language: How Realistic Is Science Fiction Linguistics?

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"You speak Romulan, Cadet?" "All three dialects, sir." –Lt. Uhura, Star Trek, 2009. Somewhere out in space, in the Beta quadrant of the Star Trek Universe, there's a planet called Romulus. It's a planet a bit bigger than Earth, and has about 18 billion people on it. But Earth, with...

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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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25 Things You Probably Never Knew About The English Language

Do you know the oldest word in English? What about the shortest sentence? These are 25 things you probably never knew about the English language. https://twi...

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Mind your language: the trouble with theatre surtitles

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Lyn Gardner: Great translations make foreign productions accessible, but poor ones are a distraction. Should surtitles sometimes be shown the stage door? (Stage/Theatre News: Mind your language: the trouble with...
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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 | Natasha'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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English language dominance worries language teachers - YLE News

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English language dominance worries language teachers
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Adult language teaching has changed in the last decade. Prepared teaching materials and courses just don't cut it anymore.
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The OFFICIAL Black Country Alphabet Song

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Black Country Alphabet t-shirts, as seen on BBC & ITV, and heard on BBC National & Local Radio. Watch the video, download the song and buy the t-shirts here!
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From marvellous to awesome: how spoken British English has changed

From marvellous to awesome: how spoken British English has changed | Natasha's Language Journal | Scoop.it
A study called the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 reveals how our use of language is evolving. Is British English succumbing to American influence, asks Tim Dowling
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7 Beautiful Words With No Direct English Translation - Huffington Post

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7 Beautiful Words With No Direct English Translation Huffington Post You know that feeling you get when surrounded by close friends or family -- perhaps gathered around a fireplace after a meal, or chatting on the couch in your pajamas on a Sunday...

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27 Delightful Obsolete Words It's High Time We Revived

27 Delightful Obsolete Words It's High Time We Revived | Natasha's Language Journal | Scoop.it
Quit groaking me, you slubberdegullion.

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History of the English Language | EnglishClub

A short history of the origins and development of the English language, from Old English to Modern English.
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NYC Education Leaders Pledge Special Attention to English-Learners - Education Week News (blog)

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NYC Education Leaders Pledge Special Attention to English-Learners Education Week News (blog) The city district has struggled to move its English-learners to higher levels of achievement, even in the three years since it struck an agreement with...
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(EN) - Language Disorder Glossary | Language-Express.ca

(EN) - Language Disorder Glossary | Language-Express.ca | Natasha's Language Journal | Scoop.it

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Communication DisordersFrequently Used Speech and Language TermsTerms Commonly Used to Diagnose a Speech or Language DisorderTerms Used to Describe Speech and Language PersonnelTerms for Speech and Language Organizations
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Texting, verbing keep language changing

Texting, verbing keep language changing | Natasha's Language Journal | Scoop.it
Maybe we're only imagining it, but it seems like our language is changing faster today than ever before.

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▶ 1994: "Today": "What is the Internet, Anyway?" - YouTube

Some confusion is obvious on the set of NBC's "Today" show, regarding the Internet and the @-sign. This is reportedly footage from between segments that was ...

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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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VIDEO: This Is 'Really' Why Starbucks Always Spells Your Name Wrong

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Courtesy Starbucks How many times has this happened to you? You order a drink at Starbucks, annunciate your name as best you can, wait for your order and, more often times than not, find that the b...
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SARAH SMITH, teacher (and English graduate), admits she's illiterate - Daily Mail

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Daily Mail SARAH SMITH, teacher (and English graduate), admits she's illiterate Daily Mail The products of a liberal education system that eschewed the 'rules' of the English language for trendy educational methods, we were as bemused as the...
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The Naipaul test: Can you tell an author's sex?

The Naipaul test: Can you tell an author's sex? | Natasha's Language Journal | Scoop.it
VS Naipaul has claimed that 'I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not.' Find out if you do, too, with this test
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