language and words in the news

Language and words in the news – 3rd June, 2011

This (mostly) weekly post contains a selection of links related to recent 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.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link you’d like to share.

Global English

Totally nice! Why Danes love to speak English
Although a recent analysis by language experts stated that the encroachment of English poses no real threat to the future of Danish, there is no doubt that  the language’s heavy borrowing from English will continue to shape its development.

Spies, Meet Shakespeare: Intel Geeks Build Metaphor Motherlode
To navigate the shadowy landscape of intelligence, the government is prying open the Pandora’s box of language. First stop on that long and winding road? Metaphors.

What the Mississippi delivers to the language
The Mississippi River has a stature in American English commensurate with its size. Not only did it give one of our best writers his pseudonym …  but it also gave rise to a number of other words and phrases …

Language teaching and resources

Management Speak
I had an amazing insight into the differences between management philosophies in different countries today. The group contained a Russian lawy

Books, words, science and the history of language

Three in 10 UK children ‘own no books’
Research reveals startlingly high numbers of boys and girls have no books of their own, with worrying implications for their future prospects.

The Bilingual Advantage
A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.

Funny – cartoon

Chuck & Beans show you an easy way to get more comments on your blog.


OK, this is not a video about language, but one that can be used in a language classroom or just be an inspiration for anybody really, be it a language professional or teacher.

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness
Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness – both the conscious and unconscious kind.

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