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Language and words in the news – 10th December, 2016

© Ioannis Kounadeas / Fotolia.comThis post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular.

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Language change and slang

The Dad-ification of Language Shows That Masculinity Is Still Evolving
New Zealander and new father Jordan Watson created a popular YouTube series called “How to Dad” to help his fellow clueless paterfamilias.

Tech is upending the ways we write, speak, and even think
We’re in the middle of the largest shift in communication in human history, and absolutely none of us are seeing the forest for the trees when it comes to this technology.

Language teaching and resources

Foreign Accent? Don’t Stress!
I’d always considered ‘native-like’ pronunciation as the ultimate (if unachievable) goal for language learners – myself included – until I came across Lingua Franca Core (LFC).

Words, books and language

‘How to Speak Midwestern,’ a Heartland Dialect Guide
“Accents are an important element of regional identity,” Mr. McClelland writes. “And an important element of Midwestern identity is believing you don’t have an accent.”

English words in German: a linguistic cliffhanger
I picked up a business magazine at Zurich airport a few years ago with a front page covered in words like Manager, Deal, Know-how and Branding. Only when I flicked through it did I realise it was, in fact, in German.

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