English is really Chinese

You can read more about this slightly surprising discovery in the Taiwan News (in English) and Sina Online (in Chinese).

Source: Language Log


Because Internet

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.


Loukgolf’s English Room

Kanatip Soonthornrak, aka Loukgolf, is an English teacher from Thailand with a YouTube talk show called Loukgolf’s English Room. He chats to his celebrity guests mainly in English.

The Cambridge ELT blog, World of Better Learning, has an interview with Loukgolf: Part One and Part Two.


Learn English with Cambridge

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


Grammar glossaries

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.*

Englicious Glossary
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.


Podcasts on the history of English

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.