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Language and words in the news – 13th January, 2017

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Language change and slang

Words of the Year 2016
The most comprehensive look at Words of the Year comes from the American Dialect Society, which is also the last to report. This is a good account of their discussions.

Improve your English

John McIntyre: The lie/lay distinction
Is this a grammar rule worth fighting for?

Language teaching and resources

8 ELTjam predictions for 2017
The guys at ELTjam gaze into their crystal balls to predict the trends of 2017.

Words, books, dictionaries and language

Language: Finding a voice
Computers have got much better at translation, voice recognition and speech synthesis, says Lane Greene. But they still don’t understand the meaning of language. (This is a long piece. You can find a summary here.)

U of T scholars have spent 47 years painstakingly trying to preserve Old English
It’s not everyday you get to discover an entirely new word.


I’ve just discovered this linguistics podcast by Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch. Three episodes so far, the most recent of which is a discussion of the film Arrival.

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