Source: Language Log
Because Internet : Understanding the New Rules of Language, by linguist Gretchen McCulloch, is a guide to the way internet language is evolving.
She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer “LOL” or “lol,” why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.
The title comes from the online use of because plus noun. For example:
- Because reasons.
- Because science.
- Because money.
The book is out tomorrow.
Learn English with Cambridge is a new YouTube channel, with videos presented by five youngish teachers.
The videos so far:
- 3 phrasal verbs to express excitement in English
- American vs. British English vocabulary differences
- Asking for and giving directions in English
- Common travel expressions in English
- Common mistakes with modal verbs in English
- Dietary requirements in English
- How are you? Common British English greetings
- How to ask someone out via text in English
- Reacting to bad news
There are many technical terms used to describe grammar, vocabulary, etc. For example: determiner, inflection, morphology, subordinate clause, transitive verb.
Some glossaries have been compiled to help English teachers in British schools:
Glossary for the programmes of study for English [PDF]
UK Government: Department for Education
About 80 terms, for use in primary schools.*
Survey of English Usage, University College London
Includes the glossary above, with additional entries and explanations.
Grammatical terminology for schools
Linguistics Association of Great Britain
About 300 terms, for use in secondary schools.
*Apparently Michael Gove insisted on the inclusion of subjunctive.
Kevin Stroud makes podcasts about the history of the English language.
So far he has recorded 124 episodes and only reached the 14th century!
All Things Linguistic describes them as “Meticulously researched, professionally produced and engaging”.
They are free to listen to and download.