Language and words in the news – 16th September, 2011

Posted by on September 16, 2011

This post contains a selection of links related to recent 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

Japan creates online ‘chat robots’ to converse with language students
A Japanese company claims to have invented the world’s first artificial intelligence “chat robots” designed specifically to converse with English language students.

Global language league tables are pointless
I’ve been monitoring the changing fortunes of English in different countries for some years. … But I have never attempted to produce a “country index” of this kind, and for good reasons.

Language teaching and resources

Take time to ponder the path to English language teacher training
A good way to start is to have a clear objective of where you want to be in the future – what is the next step in your career and when do you want to achieve it? With a clear target the process of planning and researching training options will become a lot clearer.

Names, names
“The Name Engine® provides the correct name pronunciations of athletes, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers, and more.”

Language change and slang

Genetic study reveals that males drive language change
It’s a fascinating result, and a not entirely pleasant reminder of how deep historical patterns can shape our linguistic and genetic inheritance today in ways that we’re only now beginning to understand.

Improve your English

Shoes
If you’d like to enjoy some transatlantic shoe shopping, remember, that the sizes [and names!] are different.

Language technology

In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column
“In five years, … a computer program will win a Pulitzer Prize — and I’ll be damned if it’s not our technology.”

Books, words, science and the history of language

How the Crowd Is Shaping the Future of Storytelling
If viewers and readers are given a structured, fun way to give feedback on cutting edge stories, stories that might have been passed over before, these tales have a better chance of gaining the attention of editors and producers who have the funds to bring them to a broad audience.

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