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Language and words in the news – 2nd October, 2015

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Language change and slang

A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Shipping
Let’s talk about shipping. No, not the transportation of goods over the water, but that feeling when you want a couple fictional characters to smush their faces against each other and never let go.

Fashion Week: Short Takes
Linguistic innovation from the world of fashion.

Improve your English

IPA/Phonetics apps for smartphones
When I studied phonetics in undergrad I spent hours making IPA flash cards to learn all of those symbols and their associated values. These days a smart phone makes learning the IPA a lot easier!

Books, dictionaries, words and language

People who learn foreign languages have bigger brains, here’s why
Linguists have long known that mastery of another language changes the way you think, but now we have scientific proof that it also changes the very fabric of the brain.

EU referendum: Watchdog urges changes to question
The UK elections watchdog has recommended a change to the question to be put to voters in a future EU referendum.

Fun

Fun, funner, funnerest
You can find discussions of funner and funnest (but not funnerest) here and here.

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