News in English Language and Linguistics

Talking Down: the Demotic Speech Ideal in Twentieth-century Britain

Talking Down: the Demotic Speech Ideal in Twentieth-century Britain

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Vernacular English is seen as a tool for those in charge to reach the people, but not as a medium for the fundamental processes of political decision-making itself.
Date:
Wednesday 24 November 2021
Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day

Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day

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English Language and Linguistics PhD student Ashley Blake has written about the importance of International Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day and her research study for adults with learning difficulties.
Date:
Friday 15 October 2021
Metaphor and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Metaphor and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Professor Jeanette Littlemore discusses how Jonathan Van Tam and others use metaphors when talking about the Covid-19 Pandemic, and why it works.
Date:
Monday 14 June 2021
Ancestors may have created 'iconic' sounds as bridge to first languages

Ancestors may have created 'iconic' sounds as bridge to first languages

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The 'missing link' that helped our ancestors to begin communicating with each other through language may have been iconic sounds, giving rise to the unique human power to coin new words describing the world around us
Date:
Wednesday 12 May 2021

Employer-led learning in English Language and Linguistics

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A new module in the Department of English Language and Linguistics gives all of our undergraduate students the opportunity to work on a project set by an employer.
Date:
Tuesday 30 March 2021
Professor Jeanette Littlemore awarded prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Jeanette Littlemore awarded prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

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Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Linguistics, Jeanette Littlemore, has been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Date:
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Why knowing languages matters

Why knowing languages matters

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Professor Dagmar Divjak comments on the British Academy joint statement warning that the pandemic should serve as a wakeup call on the decline of language learning across the English speaking world
Date:
Friday 18 December 2020
Is 'A Christmas Carol' more than a ghost story

Is 'A Christmas Carol' more than a ghost story

Description
In this post, Mary Hind-Portley comments on Dickens's Christmas Carol with a focus on its religious elements.
Date:
Wednesday 9 December 2020
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