language and words in the news

Language and words in the news – 10th June, 2011

This 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.

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Language change and slang

Why is ‘chav’ still controversial?
For some it has been a satisfying label to pin on Burberry check-wearing louts. But for others, it’s a nasty, coded attack on the working class.

For childibores and egosurfers, it’s a language all of its own
Perhaps the best source of newlogisms can be found in the office. There, executives carefully try to avoid the “seagull manager” – who flies in, squawks orders, craps everywhere, then leaves for somewhere nicer.

Language teaching and resources

Chattering classes. New ways and places to teach English
Students who visit English City … can chat to passers-by as they wander through the streets, meet their tutors’ avatars in virtual cafés and order snacks from Pebbles, an aspiring actress played by a teacher.

Books, words, science and the history of language

English Timeline
This interactive timeline will allow you to explore the evolution of English language, from the 11th century to the present day.

Be It Numbers or Words, the Structure of Our Language Remains the Same
Neuroscientists have found evidence suggesting a link between math and language, “but this is the first time we’ve shown it in a behavioral setup.”

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