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Updating the Dictionary of Australian English

Here is an informative and interesting article about how dictionaries are written and updated. A new online dictionary of Australian English is expected in 2023.

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On singular “they” — again

Here is another article about the use of “they” with singular (or indefinite) reference. Despite some residual resistance, this usage finally seems to have become accepted. https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/singular-they-history

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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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“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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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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An Old English manuscript available online

The Exeter Book is now available for viewing online: Exeter Book Now Available to Browse Online  

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The closest language to English

The LSA’s podcast “Subtitle” discusses the closest language to English, Frisian: The language closest to English

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Does the use of a gender neutral pronoun change attitudes?

The LSA podcast “Subtitle” has a very interesting discussion of the introduction of the Swedish 3rd person singular gender neutral pronoun “hen”. This is likely a borrowing from Finnish “hän”. It was discussed by a linguist in the 1950s and … Continue reading

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