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Scientific analysis of the Urban Dictionary shows how to track linguistic innovation

Scientific analysis of the Urban Dictionary shows how to track linguistic innovation | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The first large-scale study of the Urban Dictionary provides unique insights into the way our language is evolving.
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Lingofile worksheet 29 January 2018. You will find the worksheet - a short research activity - in the members area of our website.

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From “climate change” to “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown”: The Guardian is changing the environmental language it uses » Nieman Journalism Lab

Human-caused climate change is arguably the largest crisis facing the world's population of more than 7 billion, but news organizations have struggled to cover it adequately. "Newsroom managers have failed to see the climate crisis as fundamental, all-encompassing, and worthy of attention from…
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27 May 2019 Lingofile worksheet: how important is language for conveying concepts precisely? This worksheet for English Language students can be downloaded from the Members area of our website.

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Anzac Day: Spare a thought for friend and enemy alike

Anzac Day: Spare a thought for friend and enemy alike | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Age readers reflect on the significance of Anzac Day.
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30 April 2019 Lingofile worksheet: this one focuses on syntax, contextual factors and social purpose.  Answers are provided. Download the worksheet from the Members area of our website. If you haven't already signed up as a BBE member (no cost), you can do so from the home page.

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'We've gone long enough without': festival brings languages home

'We've gone long enough without': festival brings languages home | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
With so many Indigenous languages already lost, two Melbourne linguists are racing against time.
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A rare Australian Indigenous language is under threat

A rare Australian Indigenous language is under threat | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Indigenous languages are at threat, including some extremely rare sign languages used as an alternate way of communicating by hearing people. 
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BBC - Culture - How Brexit changed the English language

BBC - Culture - How Brexit changed the English language | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
From ‘Bremain’ and ‘Bregret’ to ‘Euro-Fudge’, Christine Ro takes a look at the new phrases and expressions coined by a referendum.
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A new prefix 'Bre-' and other new language.

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To master a language, start learning it early - Johnson

To master a language, start learning it early - Johnson | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
THOSE who want to learn a foreign language, or want their children to, often feel they are racing against the clock. People seem to get worse at languages as they age. Children often learn their first without any instruction, and can easily become multilingual with the right exposure.
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When Very Bad Words Are the Sh*t (Linguistically Speaking)

When Very Bad Words Are the Sh*t (Linguistically Speaking) | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The fact that people can use “literally” about things that can’t possibly be factual may literally make your blood boil.
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Another good article from the  Lingua Obscura column in JStor.

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Scott Morrison or ScoMo — is it time he retired the nickname now he's Prime Minister? - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison or ScoMo — is it time he retired the nickname now he's Prime Minister? - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The popular portmanteau ScoMo makes Scott Morrison seem approachable, relatable — cuddly even. But it hides the fact that this is a man who campaigned against equality for gay people and sneered at Bill Shorten for wearing an ill-fitting suit, writes Gary Nunn.
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5 March 2019 Lingofile worksheet for English Language students: this article explores the link between Australian English and identity, amongst other things. Ideal for students' language journals, you can access the worksheet for free in the Members area of our website.

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Wollombi Music Festival Bans "Pathetically Unfunny & Misogynistic" Wicked Campers From 2019 Event

Wollombi Music Festival Bans "Pathetically Unfunny & Misogynistic" Wicked Campers From 2019 Event | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
"Not just if a van has a demeaning slogan. If ANY Wicked Camper turns up at the fest they won’t be welcome."
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More on Wicked Campervans

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Why you can’t say ‘Happy Australia Day’ anymore

Why you can’t say ‘Happy Australia Day’ anymore | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
“Happy Australia Day!”
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One of the many dozens of articles that discuss the connotations and implications of language around Australia Day.

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'No progress since Gillard': Craig Emerson slams sexist abuse of Kelly O'Dwyer

'No progress since Gillard': Craig Emerson slams sexist abuse of Kelly O'Dwyer | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
"The description of Kelly O'Dwyer as a bitch is absolutely sexist and a verbal expression of violence against women."
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Gillette #MeToo ad on 'toxic masculinity' gets praise – and abuse | World news | The Guardian

Gillette #MeToo ad on 'toxic masculinity' gets praise – and abuse | World news | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Backlash includes call for boycott of P&G, complaining commercial ‘emasculates men’
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This ad is generating a lot of discussion, including about political correctness and masculine gender stereotypes. 

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‘We apologise unreservedly’: AFL, 18 clubs release Adam Goodes statement

‘We apologise unreservedly’: AFL, 18 clubs release Adam Goodes statement | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
The AFL and its 18 clubs have “unreservedly” apologised to Sydney great Adam Goodes via an emotive statement on Friday.
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22 June 2019 Lingofile worksheet. An analysis of the AFL's apology to Adam Goodes. It will get students thinking about the language associated with this issue. Access the free worksheet in the Members area of our website - login or sign up (no cost) via the form on the home page.

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The Federal Election 2019 slogans are now out in force. But what makes a good one?

The Federal Election 2019 slogans are now out in force. But what makes a good one? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
What snappy catchphrases are the politicians rolling out this election campaign? Do they work? And what's the vomit principle?
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15 May 2019 Lingofile worksheet: It's election time, and what better to sharpen those linguistic analysis skills than by analysing political slogans! It's all in our free worksheet for students. Just sign into the Members area of our website to download it. And make sure you get a copy of this article as well.

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Call me a drongo, but I can't stand Straya

Call me a drongo, but I can't stand Straya | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
No wonder we're not a republic, we can't even be bothered to pronounce our country's name correctly.
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Here’s an opinion piece that illustrates attitudes to language use and covers phonology, morphology and identity. Useful for students’ language journals.

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What Actually Is The 'Canberra Bubble' That Scott Morrison Keeps Talking About?

What Actually Is The 'Canberra Bubble' That Scott Morrison Keeps Talking About? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Where there is democracy, there are politicians that don’t want to answer questions. Politicians have perfected this art of not-answering-questions over many years. At first
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23 April 2019 Lingofile worksheet can be found in the Members area of our NEW website. There is a video embedded in this article as well.

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PODCAST: The abuse of Tayla Harris is all too familiar

PODCAST: The abuse of Tayla Harris is all too familiar | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
THE SOCIAL media abuse of AFLW star Tayla Harris was the straw that broke the camel's back, say Credit to the Girls podcast hosts Nat Edwards, Sarah Black and Lucy Watkin
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1 April 2019 Lingofile worksheet: you will find the worksheet in the Members area of our website. Simply login using your username and password. If you haven't signed up as a member, you can do so in a trice via the Sign Up form at the bottom of our home page.

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Oxford English Dictionary adds new entries: chuddies, jibbons and fantoosh | Books | The Guardian

Oxford English Dictionary adds new entries: chuddies, jibbons and fantoosh | Books | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
An Indian English word for underpants joins a host of Scottish insults after the dictionary crowdsourced regional terms
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new words for the Oxford dictionary

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I’m not perfrect*. Are you??

I’m not perfrect*. Are you?? | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
I recently got a reaction from a reader that was curiously old-school shaming and tutching.
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Lingofile worksheet 18 March 2019: lots of examples of prescriptivism, attitudes and non-standard English in this article.

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Y'all: A 'Southern Improvement' Of Speech, Argues Alabama Linguistics Professor : NPR

Y'all: A 'Southern Improvement' Of Speech, Argues Alabama Linguistics Professor : NPR | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
In the book Speaking of Alabama, an essay by linguistics professor Catherine Davies calls "y'all" a speech "improvement" — at least when referring to the plural second person.
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American English and the pervasive pronoun "y'all".

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Wicked Camper vans: Vehicles banned from music festival

Wicked Camper vans: Vehicles banned from music festival | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
People driving vehicles plastered with sexist and offensive slogans like “Virginity is curable” and “A kiss upstairs is an application for a ‘job’ in the basement” have been banned from attending an iconic Aussie music festival.
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Wollomi music festival bans Wicked Campervans - topic for BBE's worksheet 18 fEbruary 2019.

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"Pathetic" Wicked Campers banned by Wollombi Music Festival

"Pathetic" Wicked Campers banned by Wollombi Music Festival | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Wicked Campers, the famously controversially painted camper vans often seen on coastal freeways in summer, have officially been banned by Wollombi Music Festival. Festival organisers have…
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18 February 2019 Lingofile Worksheet: this is the article onwhich our latest worksheet is based. There are two other relevant articles also Scooped here. You can get this in the Members area of our website - just login or sign up to become a member(it's free).

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'Straya versus Orestralia: How to pronounce Australia

'Straya versus Orestralia: How to pronounce Australia | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Has there ever been a generation of Australian politicians whose speech patterns are lazier, sloppier and more atonal?
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Students could conduct their own small research into how 'Australia' is pronounced.

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'Me Too' beats 'big dick energy' as Macquarie Dictionary's 2018 word of the year | World news | The Guardian

'Me Too' beats 'big dick energy' as Macquarie Dictionary's 2018 word of the year | World news | The Guardian | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
Phrase which encourages victims of sexual harassment to share their stories beats ‘big dick energy’, ‘single-use’ and ‘deepfake’ to top honour
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The truth about why we swear

The truth about why we swear | English Language - BooBook Education | Scoop.it
In traffic, spectating sport, at your laptop - it's something many people do regularly.

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So many reasons for using swear words!

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