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Language and words in the news – 17th February, 2017

© Ioannis Kounadeas - 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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Global English

Why so many singers sound American – but British grime artists are bucking the trend
It doesn’t matter where in the UK a singer is from or how they sound when they speak, when the song begins the regional accent usually ends.

Language change and slang

Generation Z Is Here — & They Brought All Their New Slang
We all know that by the time teen slang enters the mainstream its original users have already moved on, but here FWIW are some of the slang terms used by young people. Until recently, that is.

Language teaching and resources

Why ELT needs a bot strategy
It’s fair to say that consumers are going to be increasingly used to bot-facilitated transactions when purchasing products and services, so the ELT industry should be prepared to follow suit.

Words, dictionaries, and language

The Top 10 Most Endangered Languages in Europe
Before they disappear forever, let’s take a look at the 10 most endangered languages in Europe.

The positive lexicography project
Described by its author as “an evolving index of ‘untranslatable’ words related to wellbeing from across the world’s languages” this project invites you to browse existing entries and add your own suggestions.


Roses are red / violets are blue
What says “Valentine’s Day” more powerfully than two dinosaurs improvising poetry?

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