Language and words in the news – 18th April, 2014

Posted by on April 18, 2014

© Ioannis Kounadeas - FotoliThis 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

Sorry: That’s Not an Emoticon in a 1648 Poem
Robert Herrick invited us to gather rosebuds while we could, but he didn’t invent the smiley.

Books, science, dictionaries, words and language

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Are humans really developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online? Read (or skim) this article and decide for yourself.

Family ties in the language jungle: Amazon language relationships revealed
The only linguistic data available for Carabayo, a language spoken by an indigenous group that lives in voluntary isolation, is a set of about 50 words.

Language teaching and resources

Spring resources
Spring has sprung! The folks at Macmillan’s Onestopenglish have gathered together all of their Easter and springtime resources so you can delight your students with topical lessons full of the joys of spring.

IATEFL Harrogate
Almost two weeks after the IATEFL conference at Harrogate finished, discussions continue. Here’s a roundup of links to several different takes on the conference.

Tales of the undead
Why do learning styles stagger on like zombies despite being killed repeatedly? One reason is, like zombies, the rules of logic don’t apply.

What Edtech says vs What we hear
If men are from Mars then Edtech is from another galaxy entirely as far as we in ELT are concerned.

Video

How much is a language worth?
Becoming bilingual is expensive, so what language will add the most to your salary? Axel Threlfall examines why it pays to learn German, rather than Spanish.

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