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Txtng and the future of English

Prof. Anne Curzan reassures us that the sky is not falling -- that textspeak is not bringing chaos and anarchy to the language -- and discu…

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The New Science of the Birth and Death of Words Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English profe…

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Language as a Tool of State Repression

Henry Giroux argues that George Orwell's nightmare vision is our reality. Language has been twisted to seduce, trick, and undermine our cap…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

4 Aug 8, 2019
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What country are you from again?

You'll love this! Be sure to check out the full size version. The Literal Translation of Every Country's Name Let's hear it for "The Villag…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

2 Aug 2, 2019
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Decline in writing accuracy.

Is it just me? Lately many of the things I read contain glaring errors. It first hit me while reading Tim Tyler's Memetics. "If memetics ex…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

100 Jan 25, 2019
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25 Language Song

You might enjoy the language novelty, despite that's it's animation.

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Jan 25, 2018
Reply by Chris

Fun with English adjective order

from cheezburger So we can speak of a fantastic oversized antique square brown willow bread basket, but not a bread square willow oversize…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

3 Oct 6, 2017
Reply by tom sarbeck

Gendering oneself correctly - help with multilingual "Feminist" button?

I picked up this multilingual "FEMINIST" button at Philly Pride. I'm a guy who uses he/him/etc., and would like to present myself that way…

Started by Grinning Cat

0 Aug 7, 2017

Eviscerating Language

Trump’s word-piles fill public space with static. This is like having the air we breathe replaced with carbon monoxide. It is deadly. This…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

3 May 17, 2017
Reply by tom sarbeck

Not face = universal language

The ‘Not Face’ is a universal part of language, study suggests Researchers at The Ohio State University have identified a single, universal…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Mar 28, 2016
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Spellcheck: Is 'recognize' spelled with the letter 'z' or do you think 's' should be used instead?

Please comment 'z' or 's'

Started by Kelly

4 Feb 25, 2016
Reply by Kelly

Pronouns for Gender Fluidity

That’s What Zhe Said: As Genders Blur, Language is Rapidly Adapting Call me Ms. Anthony-Gardner or Mx Anthony-Gardner. I'm ready to give up…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Jan 13, 2016
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