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Language and words in the news – 1st April, 2016

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Global English

Australian slang makes you more likable but only in an ocker accent, study claims
New research from the Australian National University has revealed that using words such as “ambo”, “uggies” or “mobes” increases your likability among fellow Australians.

Improve your English

Why is there a silent p in ptarmigan?
Since I hope to be catching at least a glimpse of the elusive highland grouse at some point in the coming week, I thought I’d share with you this little piece on its somewhat unusual name.

Language teaching and resources

Six things I tried out this year which truly enhanced my teaching
Here are six things that I have tried out this year which significantly enhanced my teaching and two which, whilst being much less successful, provided me with valuable insight in my students’ cognition and affect.

Words, books and language

The theories of the world’s best-known linguist have become rather weird
Over the past 60 years, Mr Chomsky has repeatedly stripped down his theory. He has focused ever more narrowly on the features of language that he reckons are unique to humans.

Let the trumpet sound: A new edition of Garner on Usage is published
Since the publication of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage in 1998, Bryan Garner has been an indispensable authority for U.S. editors, an authority that derives from his informed prescriptivism.

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