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Don't sweat the small stuff (aka There's Something about Urdu)

If you’ve lived in the UK it’s highly unlikely that you’ve never encountered Urdu. It’s written using an especially ornate version of the Arabic script ( 815 more words

Language Learning

Input: Language of American Pop-Punk

The article named I made a linguistics professor listen to a blink-182 song an analyze the accent (Dan Nosowitz) published on Atlas Obscura deals with the development of language behaviour of American pop-punk bands. 207 more words


The N-Word Makes a TV Appearance?

Only very recently, President Barack Obama openly used the N-word in an interview with Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast. “Racism, we are not cured of it. 1,486 more words


Guest contribution: The Sociolinguistics of ‘Indie’ Music: Kate Nash


This is a guest contribution written by Anika Gerfer. She is one of my students who has just recently successfully passed her BA-thesis under my supervision. 589 more words


Conference Impressions: Sociolinguistics of Globalization, Hong Kong 2015

I had the privilege to present a paper at the Sociolinguistics of Globalization conference organized by the University of Hong Kong. Intimidated by the number of renowned linguists (you know, those that you quote all the time) and the amount of parallel panels, I felt like ‘the new kid on the playground’. 214 more words


Thoughts on Up Goer Five and Constrained Vocabulary Writing

When I first saw the Up Goer Five comic by xkcd, I loved it.  It epitomised what I do with my comic book and my research, and is a convenient example to show people, when explaining the idea of constrained vocabulary writing. 586 more words


Spreading the Word (Fry's Planet Word)

Broadcaster: BBC TWO

Year: 2011

Genre: Language, Documentary, History of English, Sociolinguistics

URL: http://bobnational.net/record/72403

Review by: Lerah Mae Barcenilla

Fry’s Planet Word is a five-part series, which ran from the 25th September to the 23rd October 2011 and ‘explores language, coming to understand how we learn it, write it and sometimes lose it, and why it defines us’. 119 more words