Archive for August, 2010

  • Marathi English – unofficial but officially so

    Posted by on August 31, 2010

    Today is the final day of Indian English and we have one final guest blog for you, from Gauri, a linguist and polyglot in the USA. Gauri writes as Litterateuse at her blog, 42, and tweets as @gau3. If you liked this guest post, you might like her post on Indian English here. ________ As […]

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  • Indian English, Indianised English, Hinglish or the Indianisation of English?

    Posted by on August 30, 2010

    We close Indian English month with a final guest post from Haresh Pandya. Haresh is a freelance journalist and teaches English in a college in Gujarat in India. ______________________ English has been used in strange ways by certain sets of Indians – not just the less-than-literate – since time immemorial. It is either because of […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 27th August, 2010

    Posted by on August 27, 2010

    After a short break, ‘Language and words in the news’ returns with the latest in the media about words, language and language learning/teaching. Please contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include. We’d love to hear from you! Global English Sarcasm in the UK and US – Part four: […]

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  • David Crystal on Indian English

    Posted by on August 26, 2010

    A short video in which Professor David Crystal discusses Indian English: The video has been prepared for Global, Macmillan’s new course for adult learners of English.

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  • Mugged at a gunpoint

    Posted by on August 25, 2010

    I recently got an email from an old friend, asking me to send him £1800. Except of course, it wasn’t really from my friend but from a fraudster who had taken over his email account. What the writer didn’t realise was that the supposed sender of the message was a linguist and lexicographer – and […]

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  • Silly signage

    Posted by on August 24, 2010

    Do you ever see notices or signs that irritate you, or just bring a really bizarre image to mind? Even if they’re grammatically correct, the wording is so odd or unexpected that it grates on you every time you read it. And then, of course, there are the myriad ones where the grammar isn’t so […]

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  • Strange, amusing use of English in Gujarati

    Posted by on August 23, 2010

    Once more, we turn to Haresh Pandya for insight into Indian English. Haresh is a freelance journalist and teaches English in a college in Gujarat in India. ______________________ Gujarat is one of the many Indian states where English survives against the odds in the 21st century. There seems no end to the debate over whether […]

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  • Expresso [sic] anyone?

    Posted by on August 20, 2010

    Habitual mispronunciations have long been an irritation to those of us who revere the spoken word. Mispronunciations are not colloquialisms, malapropisms, spoonerisms or any other type of ‘-ism’; they are simply words spoken wrongly. I hear all sorts of people mispronouncing common words; professional and public-facing people, not least my daughter’s teacher! This is not […]

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  • Food for thought …

    Posted by on August 19, 2010

    Joel Berg’s blog on the use (and avoidance) of the word hunger shows how words can gain (and lose) meanings in response to social and environmental changes. Historically, hunger was part of the universal human experience – like war, plague, drought and famine. For far too many people, these remain more than just abstract concepts […]

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  • From one extreme to the other

    Posted by on August 17, 2010

    Indian English month continues with a guest post from freelance writer, blogger and movie critic Amodini Sharma. ________________________ The many dialects of Indian English are as varied as the country itself. In my own family, there’s my Punjabi uncle who will ignore verbs, and vowel sounds will disappear down his throat never to be heard […]

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