A comment on punctuation from an American lumber firm.
Source: Language Log
A comment on punctuation from an American lumber firm.
Source: Language Log
Do you know which country’s citizens go to the cinema most often? It’s Iceland, followed by South Korea and Singapore.
Do you know your ghosts from your goblins? Read the 12 definitions and provide the correct fantasy words.
Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”.
Also available as a video:
This book is aimed at English language teachers. Tip number 1 is “Start with a smile” and number 100 is “Do your own thing.” Here are some of the others:
The Resource Centre has a copy, which you can borrow.
If you want to read the day’s news in English, here are some sources:
In addition, Nexis provides access to hundreds of news sources in various languages.
Sometimes you need data about people’s opinions to include in an assignment. For example, a recent opinion poll asked who should be the next British monarch after Queen Elizabeth II.
These polling companies publish some of their results online:
YouGov and Ipsos MORI have partner sites in other countries. Some examples of their polls:
You can also find polling data on the statistics site, Statista.
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, more usually known as the Royal Society of Arts or the RSA, was founded in 1754. Even the internet didn’t exist then! Now that it does, the RSA has taken advantage of the fact by publishing videos of talks, some with animations.
For example, you can listen to South Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang on Economics is for Everyone:
Drama Online has over 2,200 plays which you can read online. You can browse them by title, playwright, period or genre (for example, Theatre of the Absurd, Asian drama, Children’s theatre, Feminist theatre, Musical theatre, Street theatre).
From The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde:
Lady Bracknell: Are your parents living?
Jack: I have lost both my parents.
Lady Bracknell: Both? To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune — to lose both seems like carelessness.
From Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett:
Vladimir: Pull on your trousers.
Estragon: You want me to pull off my trousers?
Vladimir: Pull ON your trousers.
Estragon: (Realizing his trousers are down.) True. (He pulls up his trousers.)
Vladimir: Well? Shall we go?
Estragon: Yes, let’s go.
They do not move.
Drag the words into the right boxes.
affect, aftermath, ahead, amid, backed, border, campaign, campaigners, challenges, concerns, consequences, deal, debate, economic, economy, election, exit, fallout, favour, fears, hard, immigration, impact, implications, independence, looming, mandate, minister, negotiate, negotiations, outcome, parliament, pound, presidential, prime, prospect, referendum, result, risks, scenario, secretary, shadow, shock, so-called, soft, softer, stance, sterling, supporters, surrounding, talks, threat, trigger, uncertainty, union, upcoming, vote, voters, wake, warned
Mr Green explains why here. Previously the definitions were available to all, but the examples required a subscription. Now you can see the examples too.
For example, a Norfolk breakfast is no breakfast at all:
1939 Beds Times 25 Aug. 6/2: In the eastern Counties they galk [talk?] about giving the pigs a ‘Norfolk breakfast’ on Sunday mornings — which means they get no breakfast.
Many of the terms are, of course, unsuitable for polite company.
The three volumes of the 2010 print edition can be consulted in UEA Library.
A man using this Chinese ATM pressed the Correct button three times and the machine swallowed his card.
He thought Correct was being used as an adjective, but it was a verb!
Source: Language Log
CrashCourse is a collection of YouTube videos on various subjects, including biology, chemistry, computer science and sociology.
Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel!
UEA Library now has access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive, which covers 1896 to 2004.
Daily Mail (1989) ‘Scientists dig in to save the rabbits’, 29 November, p.37. Daily Mail Historical Archive.
Rothermere, Viscount (1934) ‘Hurrah for the Blackshirts!’, Daily Mail, 15 January, p. 10. Daily Mail Historical Archive.
UEA Library opened in 1968, so this year is its 50th anniversary.
An appreciation is an assessment (usually positive) of a person and their work.
Two days ago we quoted a letter to The Times from 1968, which described some UEA students as “childishly noisy”, “completely lacking in manners” and “unkempt”.
Of a person’s or (occasionally) an animal’s appearance, condition, etc.: characterized by uncombed or untidy hair; (more generally) scruffy, dishevelled.
The OED’s Historical Thesaurus lists this meaning under: the world > physical sensation > cleanness and dirtiness > dirtiness > [adjective] > dirty and mean. Words in this category (with the earliest year in which they were recorded) are:
Words with similar meanings include grimy, tatty, shabby, dowdy and mangy.
Hong Kong Public Libraries have an online collection of old newspapers, both Chinese and English, from 1853 to 1991.
Hong Kong was then a British colony and the English-language newspapers reflect the preoccupations and views of the expatriate population. Nevertheless, they are an interesting historical source.
To see the newspapers, click on Explore, then (under Collections) Old HK Newspapers. Reading them requires a web browser with Flash.
If you want to know how past events were reported at the time, you should consult old newspapers. Some are available online. UEA Library provides access to these collections:
|Burney Collection||1600-1799||Mainly Britain and its colonies|
|Google Newspaper Archive||1750s-2009||United States, Canada and others|
|The Guardian and The Observer||1791-2003||Britain|
|The New York Times||1851-2014||United States|
|Independent Voices||1950s-present||Mainly United States (alternative press)|
Wikipedia has a more comprehensive List of online newspaper archives. Some are free to access; others are behind a paywall.
*For an English menu expand the item: スペシャルコンテンツ.
From The Associated Press, February 13, 1988
Ken The Gerbil Wins Student Election At University
DATELINE: NORWICH, England
A gerbil named Ken, campaigning on a platform of free beer and soft toilet paper, beat five other candidates to become president of the Student Union at the University of East Anglia. Ken’s owner, chemistry student Julian Campbell, 21, said he entered his pet as a joke and was amazed that the mouselike rodent won the job, which pays $94.50 a week.
The university is in Norwich in northeast England. Ken polled well over a third of the 1,500 votes, beating his nearest competitor by 194 votes. He celebrated his victory Friday night with sunflower seeds and a sip of vodka from a water bottle.
“I think he’ll make a great president. And he definitely won’t be making any boring speeches,” Campbell was quoted as telling The Star.
But outgoing Student Union president Rob Davies, 23, was not amused.
“The students have not taken the vote seriously,” Davies was quoted as telling the Daily Mirror. “I don’t think many know how much hard work goes into the job.”
Ken was named after Education Secretary Kenneth Baker, whose education reform bill is currently being considered by Parliament. But it turns out the name is somewhat of a misnomer.
Campbell found out during the campaign that Ken is actually a female and is pregnant.
The election was overturned and a fresh election held, in which Ken’s owner, Julian Campbell, was elected.
20 adjectives relating to specific directors have been included, such as:
Some horror film terms have been added. For example:
For more, see this article.
IREG Observatory lists university rankings.
For a somewhat cynical view of rankings and related matters, see University Ranking Watch.
For the origin of shake a stick at, see this article.
Can you give the correct forms for the verbs in square brackets?
Based on citations, it appears the most influential university in the world is Babol Noshirvani University of Technology in Iran, while our neighbour Anglia Ruskin comes in 22nd, ahead of Johns Hopkins. Well done!
UEA’s rankings are here.
A plural noun is “bare” if it does not have a determiner, such as the, two, many, all or my. Consider these three examples of the bare plural, rabbits:
The meaning of rabbits is different in each case:
The problem with the bare plural is the ambiguity of certain statements. For example:
In fact, only female mosquitoes from a minority of species of the Anopheles genus can transmit malaria. Most mosquitoes can’t transmit malaria.
Bare plurals are often used by newspapers to over-generalize, especially in headlines. For example:
The article under the last headline says, “The YouGov survey questioned 600 Muslims in 12 universities across the country and found 32 per cent said resorting to extremist action to honour their beliefs was right.” So Muslims in the headline means only some Muslims – about one third of the students in the survey. The casual reader may assume it means most or all Muslims.
The lesson is: be careful of bare plurals when reading newspapers and writing assignments!
British people have been complaining about Americanisms – words or phrases from the United States that have become common in Britain – since the eighteenth century.
For example, nowadays you often hear train station instead of railway station, fries instead of chips and movie instead of film.
Ben Yagoda’s blog Not One-Off Britishisms is about movement in the other direction:
Over the last decade or so, an alarming number of traditionally British expressions have found their way into the American vocabulary.
Some Britishisms are advert, DIY, ginger (a person with red hair), gobsmacked, Hoover (verb), kerfuffle, mobile (i.e. a mobile phone), on holiday, queue, sell-by date, short-listed, snog, straight away, take a decision, twee.
The latest blog post is on cheesed off.
Could they be robot librarians?
Our four-week FutureLearn course, Study Skills for International Students, is running again – until 26 September.
With clearly wins.
From Google Ngram Viewer.
A clear victory for from:
From Google Ngram Viewer.
The current top 10 English-language publications are:
You can also see the top journals in particular fields – for example, Business, Economics & Management.
If there is something strange with your wifi, internet access, email, Office, UEA website, Blackboard, etc. etc., check the UEA IT Service Status web page.
Sketch Engine is an online tool for analysing text corpora in various languages. You can use it to find collocations, compare words, generate word lists, etc.
For example, you can find objects of the verb undergo:
British universities have free access only until the effective date of Brexit, i.e. 29 March 2019.
This week a new film arrives in Indian cinemas: Jatt vs IELTS. This Punjabi comedy tells the story of a small town boy struggling to get a high enough IELTS score to move to Canada.
There is singing and dancing, possibly on IELTS-related themes.
The results for 2017 are summarized here.
For example, the average bands in the Academic test for speakers of these first languages:
Credo Reference is a collection of online reference books. It can be browsed and searched like an encyclopedia.
For example, if you search for global warming, you are shown the topic page on climate change (“the now commonly used term, having replaced “global warming”), extracts from many books, a list of related topics (Climate change, Greenhouse gas, Kyoto Protocol, etc.), images, and a mind map.
It might be a good place to start research for your long essay or project.
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection.
The lectures are accompanied by slides and some have transcripts.
A big welcome to everyone on the presessional course.
Have a wonderful time.
Don’t work too hard!
The textbook Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students by Stephen Bailey is now in its 5th edition. Some of our students will have copies of the printed book.
The ebook is available through UEA Library.
Nexis is a database of newspapers and other news sources. It contains full-text articles.
For example, you can search for UEA in the headlines of UK national newspapers:
I bet you never knew this university had its own fighter jet.
Statista provides statistics, reports and infographics on a range of subjects: for example, social media, e-commerce, smartphones, China, the United States, the food industry, cosmetics, gaming.
UEA has online access to every issue of the American Vogue, from 17 December 1892 to the present day. You can read the magazine exactly as it was printed, including the pictures and advertisements.
To leaf through the magazine, choose an issue and click on any item on the contents page. Then click on Browse this issue at the top of the page:
A Vision of Britain through Time combines maps and population census data from 1801 to 2011. You can look up statistics for particular areas of the country. For example, here are some of the key findings about Norwich:
A 4-week course called Exploring English: Language and Culture starts today at Futurelearn.
It is for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level. It’s made by the British Council and it’s free!
Do you know the meaning of these interjections?
I’m thinking or unsure what to say next.
Sometimes written as “er”.
What did you just say? What do you mean?
– Amy, Question 5?
– Please pay attention. What’s the answer to Question 5?
– I’m going to marry your sister.
– Have you seen Bill?
Yes or I understand/agree/am listening.
– Then we went on to the party…
– … and Sarah was there – you remember Sarah?
– … and she goes up to Tom and you know what Tom’s like.
There’s a problem.
– Hey, the red light is flashing.
– Isn’t that your teacher?
COBUILD Grammar Patterns is a guide to how adjectives, nouns, verbs and other words fit together.
For example: it + link verb + adjective + for + noun + to-infinitive:
|It||was||fashionable||for||the rich||to eat white flour.|
A series of videos explains how it works.
BrowZine is a collection of academic journals, arranged in subject categories.
BrowZine makes it easy to browse journals and articles, when you’re not looking for anything in particular. UEA has access to the full-text of the journals, though sometimes recent articles cannot be viewed.
Apparently there’s some kind of international ball-kicking contest starting soon.
The British Council’s Premier Skills English website has a competition in which you can predict the results (and improve your English at the same time).
When searching the internet, you can limit your search to a particular website or type of website. Put the word site: (with the colon) in front of a domain name such as uea.ac.uk or ac.uk.
For example, you could use these search terms to find information on Chinese societies at different universities:
|Limit search to these websites||Search terms|
|UEA||chinese society site:uea.ac.uk|
|Edinburgh University||chinese society site:ed.ac.uk|
|any British university||chinese society site:ac.uk|
|any American university||chinese society site:edu|
Some other examples of searches:
For more information, see our Researching page.
ProQuest bought MyiLibrary three years ago, but only recently have the ebook links changed.
All the MyiLibrary links on this website have been updated and now point to ebooks on ProQuest Ebook Central.
If you’re seeing 404 Not Found at the main BoB page, it’s because the TV recording website is “currently undergoing essential maintenance”.
It should be back by 10pm on Wednesday 13 June.
UEA’s Library Search and EBSCO databases will be unavailable from 9am on Tuesday 19 June 0900 to 9am the next day.