Tag Archives: English language

Resources: Ambiguous English Pronouns and Prescribed Reading

Many prescriptivists fear that the use of singular they  (as in, “A student should take their time when considering prescriptive rules.”) is incredibly problematic.  They are dissatisfied with the lack of plural agreement, though evidence suggests that the traditionally prescribed … Continue reading

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Resources: International Phonetic Association

Those who are looking for phonetics resources should be sure to check out the webpage for the International Phonetic Association, which hosts IPA charts, fonts, sound files, and links to their scholarly journals.  It is very user friendly.

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Language Fun: International Talk Like A Pirate Day

  Arrr! International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th) is fast approaching.  It’s a fun holiday for linguists and linguageeks because it celebrates language differences. It’s also an opportunity to engage people in conversations about why we celebrate some … Continue reading

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Language News: Bilingual school counselors help narrow achievement gap

Anti-immigration groups often complain about the expense of bilingual services, like those in education, for groups that they believe are destined to underperform anyway.   But this story discusses how such services can narrow the achievement gap of Latin@ students, … Continue reading

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Linguistic Gratuity: NLSC Press

Often Americans are so worried about having people learn English that they forget what a valuable resources it is to have people who speak other languages living among us.  Not only are these language skills helpful for business, legal, and … Continue reading

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Resources: American Translators Association (ATA)

The U.S. is such a monolingual country that many Americans do not consider the issues of translation until they are confronted with someone who doesn’t speak English or who doesn’t speak it natively.   Yet, businesses are finding that they … Continue reading

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Resources: Connected States Of America

As a sociolinguist, I sometimes look at regional variation in English. To do that, I can study production differences, perception diferences, or, following Dennis Preston’s work in perceptual dialectology, I can look at where people think the language differences are. … Continue reading

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Resources: Language Attrition Research Archive (LARA)

In their own words, the Language Attrition Research Archive  (LARA) is interested in language loss: This site is a bibliographical source on natural language loss, maintained by the Kellogg College Centre for the Study of Lifelong Language Learning, Kellogg College, … Continue reading

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Language News: YouTube – Riz Khan – Linguistic imperialism?

Robert McCrum and and linguist Robert Phillipson discuss “Globish,” the English used as a global language. They explain the difference between pidgins, creoles and this phenomenon. In their discussion of English as a lingua franca, they point out that in … Continue reading

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