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Ben Zimmer on the language of campaigning politicians (radio, 7 minutes).
On a one-word reaction to reports about drunken Aussie accents
So the phone rings and it’s a journalist from the Daily Mirror, wanting me to comment on the story circulating in the press this week, that the origin of the Australian accent lies in the drunken speech of the first convicts.
Books, science, words and language
Environment and climate helped shape varied evolution of human languages
Recent work by an international group of researchers suggests that the variations in human linguistic evolution reflect adaptations to the local ecological conditions.
The perils of relying on Google Translate
A salutary lesson on what can happen if you don’t get an actual human being to check automatically translated texts.
Can You Name These Pieces Of Armour?
Do you know your Vambrace from your Pauldron?
This beautiful map shows the different writing systems used around the world.