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Some notes on the history of “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun

The use of “they” as a gender-neutral 3rd person singular pronoun has a long history going back to Middle English (see the OED entry for “they”, def. AI2). This article refers to some early 20th century attempts to deal with … Continue reading

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Obituary for Katherine Barber, editor of Canadian Oxford Dictionary

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-the-word-lady-shared-her-passion-for-canadian-english/

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Scientists reconstruct Neanderthal ear to hear what they heard: consonants!

https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/2903/neanderthals-had-the-capacity-to-perceive-and-produce-human-speech

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Linguistic markers predict onset of neurological disease

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30327-8/fulltext

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New online Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

https://sfdictionary.com/

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More on gender in language

Here is an informative article on gender in language and how it shapes us (ignore the headline given in the URL): https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201006-are-some-languages-more-sexist-than-others?ocid=ww.social.link.email

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American Jewish Accent or New York Accent?

Is it all a matter of prosody? It’s complicated. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-linguists-are-fascinated-by-the-american-jewish-accent?utm_source=share_by_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mailto_share

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“Tones of voice” in Zoom

This article explains how we express tones of voice in texting and in video: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/style/tone-indicators-online.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20201210&instance_id=24891&nl=the-morning&regi_id=119842915&segment_id=46542&te=1&user_id=0a9e615b84ef22dc186607f2166707e3

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Oxford Languages words of the year

https://languages.oup.com/word-of-the-year/2020/

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we Gardena in geardagum: Viking ship burial and mead hall discovered Norway

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-viking-ship-burial-continues-new-research-reveals-history-elite-scandinavian-society-180976273/

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