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Four Basic Points
Grammar is a matter of fact. Style is a matter of opinion.
Old rivalries, old words
From a language point of view, what’s happening in Iraq, Syria, and environs has revived words that have not been common for many years.
English explodes in India – and it’s not just Hinglish
Anyone who travels beyond Delhi and Mumbai to India’s provincial cities will notice English words cropping up increasingly in Hindi conversation. While some of these terms fell out of use in the UK decades ago, others are familiar, but used in bold new ways.
Has the EdTech revolution already happened?
It has become generally accepted that technology is going to revolutionize education, ELT included, in the near future. ‘The revolution is coming’ we are told.
Teaching English Through Broadway Musicals
This is a very old article, but great musicals are timeless so I thought I’d link to this in honour of July 4th.
Books, science, dictionaries, words and language
We speak as we feel – we feel as we speak
A team of researchers has carried out some ground-breaking experiments to uncover the links between language and emotions. They were able to demonstrate that the articulation of vowels systematically influences our feelings and vice versa.
Why Do Sportscasters Use the Historical Present?
Like newspaper headlines and personal anecdotes, sportscasting has a special affinity for the present tense. But why?
Malin, Dogger, North Utsire? Bliss
Actor Sam West waxes lyrical about the shipping forecast…
Useless Crazy Heart
And here’s a new book spine poem from Stan Carey.
How To Name Animals In German
With German you can invent a name for just about anything.
Grammar puns from John Atkinson.