Language and words in the news – 15th November 2012

Posted by on November 16, 2012

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. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link(s) you’d like to share.

Global English

Moscow’s New English-Language Radio Station Starts Broadcasting
Mikhailova expressed the hope that this new radio station will become popular among foreign tourists and expats in the city, as well as Russian residents who want to learn English.

Language change and slang

It’s that time of the year again … time to select a Word of the Year, that is. One of the first terms to be named WOTY is our 14th May BuzzWord omnishambles:

Omnishambles named word of the year by Oxford English Dictionary
Omnishambles was first heard at the end of an episode in the third series of The Thick of It, during a characteristically foul-mouthed rant by spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, played by Peter Capaldi.

Language teaching and resources

How To Learn English Infographic
Read [this] infographic to learn some interesting facts about what has helped people learn the English language.

Language technology

Microsoft Demonstrates Breakthrough Language Translation Sofware
While still far from perfect, this is the most dramatic change in accuracy since the introduction of hidden Markov modeling in 1979, …  and as we add more data Relevant Products/Services to the training we believe that we will get even better results.

Books, dictionaries, words and languages

All for the Love of a Good Reference Book
… what we love to consult varies as much as the forms, digital and otherwise, in which we prefer to do that consulting.

For Dictionary Publishers, Death Of Print Doesn’t Necessarily Spell Doom
Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica in Chicago, added that reference publishers that want to remain relevant simply have no choice but to embrace pixels over paper.

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