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Language and words in the news – 12th September, 2015

© Volodymyr Vasylkiv / 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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Language change and slang

So, What’s The Big Deal With Starting A Sentence With ‘So’?
It’s like a lot of other grammatical fixations: Not everybody cares about it, but the ones who do care care a whole lot.

Language teaching and resources

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online
Part one of a new series asks which of the many platforms is best for teaching online.

Improve your English

That’s that, and that’s final
It is an article of faith in American journalism schools that that as a conjunction should be extirpated in copy.

Books, dictionaries, words and language

Language acquisition: From sounds to the meaning
A sensitivity to speech sounds is already present in newborns. These types of sounds are in fact perceived as special starting from the first days of life.


Grammar Nazi apostrophe hoard found under Polands mountain’s
“The train doesn’t just contain apostrophe’s”, summarized grammar hunter Steve Sibilatelin. “Theirs also literally talk of a stash of ellipsises, semi-colons, and the long lost Oxford Comma.”

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