Language and words in the news – 24th June, 2011

Posted by on June 24, 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

I’m losing my Canadian English
I have found, to my great distress, that I am beginning to forget what I, as an English-speaking Canadian, should be saying or how I should pronounce it.

Thai students ‘must learn languages’
Thai students have been urged to improve their English and also learn a third language so they can compete with people from other Southeast Asian nations …

Improve your English

Quiz on Commonly Confused Words: Hollywood Comedies Edition
You know the drill: ten questions, two minutes, correct answers at the end of the post.

it’s down/up to you
In BrE, one can say It’s down to you to mean ‘it’s your responsibility to do that’, whereas AmE would say it’s up to you.

Language change and slang

Internet domain addresses opened up to wave of new suffixes
Internet naming board approves huge expansion of approved domain extensions with .hotel, .bank, or .sport auctions likely.

Books, words, science and the history of language

Early Experience Found Critical for Language Development
a new study of children living in institutions has found that intervening early can help young children develop language

Women told to speak their minds to get on in boardrooms
Study shows that language used by female executives in meetings harms their prospects.

Video

A is for Aspect (part 2) (5:33)
In this second short video on the English tense and aspect system, Scott Thornbury takes a look at the perfect aspect.
Part 1, on the progressive aspect, can be viewed here (6:00).

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