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Language and words in the news – 24th March, 2017

Liz Potter
Written by Liz Potter

This 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

Voice Is the Next Big Platform, Unless You Have an Accent
My mother was born in the Philippines, my father in India. Both of them speak English as a third language.

Language change and slang

Arnold Zwicky considers the productive libfixstan.

Improve your English

The dark and troubled past of “sleazy”
The modern sense of sleazy – “dirty,” “dilapidated,” “depraved” – doesn’t emerge in the record until the 1940s.

Words, books, dictionaries, and language

From ‘alibi’ to ‘mauve’: what famous writers’ most used words say about them
When Nabokov thought of a specific letter and sound he would see colours at the same time. Unsurprisingly, he uses colours at four times the rate found in standard English writing.

Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write
Out of the thousands of scripts that are gender-specific to men, here we have one that we know is gender-specific to women.


Linguistics and Language Podcasts
If you like to take your language info in the form of podcasts, you will definitely find something to entertain you in Superlinguo’s useful list.

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