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Language and words in the news

Written by Liz Potter

This 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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Global English

Untranslatables VI: the summary
@lynneguist’s sixth annual survey of British–American untranslatables (that is, items that are lexicalized in one national dialect and not the other).

Language change and slang

Stupidity on Singular They
After calling those who use singular they stupid and criticizing the ADS for failing to correct them … Gelernter says that we already have a gender-neutral third-person pronoun, and it’s he.

Don’t Use “Who” to Refer to Children?
Every once in a while, I encounter a grammar rule from long ago that is so ridiculous that at first I think it is a joke. This one is a doozy.

Words, books and language

‘He’ vs ‘she’ in Australian media coverage: what the language of news tells us about gender imbalance
A new and large corpus of Australian newspaper articles compiled by linguists at Lancaster University’s Corpus Approaches to Social Science Research Centre can help us investigate the gender imbalance in Australian public life.

The linguistic lexicon
Babel magazine’s linguistic lexicon has reached letter K.

Honk, Conk and Squacket
If you are a fan of rare, obscure and obsolete words, this might be the book for you.

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