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Time for a new Canadian Dictionary?

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary has not been updated since 2004 and the entire staff of the dictionary at Oxford University Press was laid off in 2008 (and the editor Katherine Barber sadly died last year). This means that any Canadianisms … Continue reading

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Bronze age migrations: Does DNA suggest how Celtic arrived in Britain?

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04287-4.epdf?sharing_token=igH__GmkimaqkEJDFQUBLdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PBEMt6aQZuFBqIW4mI9InPLfo2Iq0k1n38cbV7_p9SB0kUSU_29uCEC0GX5vY9_HsmxWN_cUQTAJUnQ7_sDbUJT_uSS8pX2oxGw_6W_xcXsS02qpS69B94YMSAQfd4DLjEcSt5GE8r3kHGOGOtz7GYnGObrb5vdHwPb-Tud5_25g%3D%3D&tracking_referrer=www.bbc.com

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“Y’all”, “You-uns”, “You guys” — Which do you prefer?

The English language lost the distinction between singular and plural addressees about 1700, but this hasn’t prevented speakers from restoring the distinction in various ways. “Y’all” seems to be spreading from the southern US to other parts of the US … Continue reading

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Zadie Smith translates Chaucer’s Middle English for play about Wife of Bath

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59307100

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OED new words 2021: the language of climate change

https://public.oed.com/blog/the-oed-october-2021-update/

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The term “BIPOC” – a couple of different views

Debates about terminology involve complex and important issues. Here are two views about the term “BIPOC”: https://www.virginialawreview.org/articles/why-bipoc-fails/

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Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Year 2021: Vax

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/31/vax-chosen-as-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-english-dictionary-firm

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What is the effect of emojis?

Research shows that sentences containing emojis can be processed very quickly, but “sentences” consisting entirely of emojis cannot. Thus, they will never replace text. This article argues that emojis function much like tones of voice, hand gestures, facial expressions, etc. … Continue reading

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Franco-Ontarian French

There are interesting effects of English on the French spoken in Sudbury:https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/the-challenge-of-speech-language-pathology-in-a-city-that-speaks-frenglish-4202453?fbclid=IwAR3OWj9cKmlkAQVzHettZufU7F1_VcEad9PCc4zW2CRW7WI6AVxTp4NDZi0

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Appalachian English

Listen to this very interesting podcast about the new historical dictionary of Southern Appalachian English:https://reckonsouth.com/the-unique-language-of-southern-appalachia/?fbclid=IwAR0Y4DUDM_fJVeG9GCFvp4J07iOPs0tINj-CrzQvwgGPneRn5HuUxjb130A

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