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It hasn’t been a problem with Ben, I think we worked together very well, we don’t have rows.
It took three years to put Shakespeare’s words together, there were a lot of words to be studied and a lot of words to be…
Sending a message on a mobile phone is not the most natural of ways to communicate. The keypad isn’t linguistically sensible.
Language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it. It is not an end in itself; it is a means to an…
Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster.
As I get older and I get a few more years experience I become more like Dad, you know, King Lear.
Anyone interested in language ends up writing about the sociological issues around it.
A feature of English that makes it different compared with all other languages is its global spread.
Academics don’t normally manage to alter people’s way of thinking through their strength of argument.
Text messaging is just the most recent focus of people’s anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what…
At the same time we overlap, because, I do linguistics, and Ben did a first degree in Linguistics at Lancaster University, so he knows some…
Spellings are made by people. Dictionaries – eventually – reflect popular choices.
The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people – some well-known, most totally unknown – who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint…
English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and…
Although many texters enjoy breaking linguistic rules, they also know they need to be understood.
Vocabulary is a matter of word-building as well as word-using.
At any one time language is a kaleidoscope of styles, genres and dialects.
Word books traditionally focus on unusual and quirky items. They tend to ignore the words that provide the skeleton of the language, without which it…
Ever since the arrival of printing – thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people’s minds –…
Likewise, there is no evidence that texting teaches people to spell badly: rather, research shows that those kids who text frequently are more likely to…
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