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When does a word start?

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. When does a word start? How can we know when a new word ‘takes off’ and starts to be used by lots of people? I spotted this story in the … Continue reading

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The Timaru Herald listens to linguists…

Our thoughts on Lindsay Perigo’s comments on the NZ accent were featured in the Timaru Herald. Follow his link to read the feature: Timaru Herald feature

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More language myths

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. More language myths in the media today, this time in northern England, related to a letter reportedly sent out to parents by a primary school in Middlesbrough. You can read … Continue reading

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It’s OK to be “posh”, but not too “posh”? More language myths

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. Just as a quick follow up to last week’s post about the New Zealand accent being called ‘a disease’ (see Lyndsay Perigo’s original article here, and my commentary here). The … Continue reading

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New Zealand English: “not an accent; it is a disease.”

This is a post in the Language in the news series. See more. “The New Zealand accent itself was responsible for ‘minor throat and nasal disorders’  (The Triad 10/8/1910: 37). In other words the New Zealand accent was so bad … Continue reading

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Do you know what a ‘dumbphone’ or a ‘flexitarian’ is?

A post in the Language in the news series. See more. New words are invented all the time – some catch on, and some don’t. We look at processes of word formation, and the reasons for the success of some … Continue reading

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Language and Linguistics in the media

Since everybody is interested in language, linguistics issues regularly appear in the media. This year, we’re going to comment on the linguistics issues that crop up in the news. Media coverage of linguistics topics is often based on the findings of research … Continue reading

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