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Language and words in the news – 24th October, 2015

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Language change and slang

Beautiful 1847 Map Shows the Many Languages of France
In the 19th century, there was more than one way to say “oui.”

Books, science, words and language

Woman-made language
Stories about women’s languages—languages used only by a community’s women, and not known by the men—have been told since Europeans first travelled to the Americas in the 17th century, but it has generally turned out that these accounts were misleading.

The Art of Language Invention – Review
When it comes to making conlangs, and how all languages work, Peterson knows what he’s talking about, and takes you along for the ride.

Who was St Crispin?
Tomorrow is both St Crispin’s Day and the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. And if this account whets your appetite, you can watch Kenneth Branagh performing the great speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V here.

Humour

Pundemonium
Punny drawings.

A cartoon by Michael Maslin
More punning fun from The New Yorker.

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