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Language and words in the news – 3rd February, 2017

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Global English

The temperature is struggling
I do sometimes miss the calm, scientific character of American weather forecasts, with their precise temperature range predictions and exact precipitation probabilities.

Wee Windaes website celebrates the Scots language and its uses over the centuries
A new website from National Library of Scotland celebrates the use of the Scots language over the centuries, drawing on the library’s rich collections of archive material.

Language change and slang

‘You talk like a white girl’
You put pen to paper and realise “sounding like a white girl” has haunted you your entire life.

Words, dictionaries, technology and language

Linguistics jobs: Interview with a lexicographer
Jane Solomon of Dictionary.com spills the beans about life as a 21st century lexicographer.

Voice assistants stumble over regional accents
Artificial speech recognition technologies still fall short of the way humans can quickly learn and discern speech patterns from each other.

What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery
Whalers wrote about woggins all the time. What in the world were they?

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