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Not nice, not silly, actually rather awful

My latest article for The Week is about words with meanings that have travelled quite a bit over the centuries. It’s not that they’ve clouded or warped the senses, but their histories are likely to throw you, or at least leave you in doubt. 9 more words

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Fundamentals of Linguistics Notes Dec 01 2016

As language changes, all aspects can change. From phonology to syntax, etc.

Slepen – old English for . It is not uncommon for language to drop off the last syllables, i.e. 223 more words

Varro's 'De lingua Latina' ('On the Latin language')

by Wolfgang D. C. de Melo (University of Oxford)

I must begin this blog post with a little confession. As an undergraduate and to a large extent still as a graduate, I found it hard to get excited about the history of linguistics. 1,061 more words


Its about it's fate... its breathing it's last....

As a small child I was fascinated by the idea of writing and tried to replicte what I’d seen the grown-ups do by “writing” (basically a connected series of loops) on the walls of the house I grew up in. 408 more words

Analyse how language is used in these three texts to present views about the nature of language change.

Text A is an online sports blog from BBC that is aimed to inform and entertain others who take an interest in language change and sport enthusiasts. 634 more words

TPS 114(3) – Abstract 4

Periodization, translation, prescription and the emergence of Classical French

by Wendy Ayres-Bennett (University of Cambridge) and Philippe Caron

In this article we demonstrate how fine-grained analysis of salient features of linguistic change over a relatively short, but significant period can help refine our notions of periodization. 139 more words


World Englishes?

English is not the most widely spoken language in the world, despite what you once thought. Mandarin comes in first with over 800 million speakers, Spanish in second with 400 million speakers and a close third of English with 300 million speakers. 182 more words