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Language and words in the news – 19th June, 2015

© 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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Global English

What Nobody’s Discussing about Rachel Doležal, Dishonesty, Dialect, and Strategy
As a linguist, and as a white person who speaks AAE by virtue of my childhood speech communities, I am as aware as anyone could be that race and dialect are not intrinsically related.

Language teaching and resources

Oh heck – not another course book debate post
Debate has been raging about the usefulness or otherwise of coursebooks. This post includes a summary of the discussion so far.

Improve your English

It drives me mad
With the recent release of a new film version of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, many people once again have the opportunity to get the title wrong and call it Far from the Maddening Crowd.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

Dante Turns Seven Hundred and Fifty
Some time around now is the seven-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the great poet’s birth. Celebrations abound, on earth and even in space.

Events to mark 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth
Another great poet was born 150 years ago this week. Ireland duly marked the occasion.

Bride to be says ‘yes’ to Times crossword proposal
Matthew Dick, from London, arranged for puzzle editor Richard Rogan to place the message to his girlfriend Delyth Hughes inside Tuesday’s cryptic teaser.

Trivia

Top ten dog names
Actually 20, ten for boy dogs and ten for girl dogs. And yes, they really are very gendered.

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