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Language and words in the news – 2nd September, 2016

© 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

Doing the needful
The corpus evidence suggests that this is a very common phrase in Indian English, much more common than in other parts of the English-speaking world.

Language change and slang

Students with regional accents ‘ridiculed and silenced’
The annual conference of access charity The Brilliant Club, held in Stoke-on-Trent, heard that prejudice towards people with strong accents is the last “acceptable form” of discrimination, and that universities should do more to tackle it.

Language teaching and resources

Adaptive learning in ELT: the current state of play
A look at Google Trends suggests that interest in adaptive learning has been pretty static for the last couple of years.

Words, books, dictionaries and language

We Uncovered the Hidden Patterns in Clinton and Trump’s Most Common Phrases
A quick analysis of Clinton and Trump’s speeches showed that each has certain common phrases they rely on.

Pronouncing (on) pedantry
John Walker (1732-1807) did for pronunciation what Dr Johnson had done for vocabulary.

How Horses Civilized Humanity and Shaped the Way We Love
Even after horses were superseded by mechanical means of “annihilating space and time,” equine metaphors and metrics remained engrained in our consciousness.

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