Category Archives: ENB2 – Language & Technology

Save the OED!

Well, there’s little chance that the Oxford English Dictionary itself, possibly the world’s greatest work of reference, will go to the wall. But our access to it is under threat. I was told today that the school’s subscription will not … Continue reading

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Word of the Year 2006

Congratulations to “crackberry” I wonder if it cried at the awards ceremony?

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Capital letters and/or gaps between words can be very handy

The Y12 Lang group may recall me saying that traditional conventions for using capital letters are pretty useless, really, and that this is why so much online communication dispenses with them. Sometimes having everything in lower case can be a … Continue reading

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Text-language, standard English and becoming better students

English is, of course, not just something you study in school, but the main means by which you communicate and, some would say, even think. Its social significance makes discussion of language use often controversial. We are already seeing how … Continue reading

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More on the txt msg lang debate

As I mentioned to the Y12 Language group on Tuesday, I’m finding that features of language influenced by electronic communication are increasingly appearing in students’ work. Clearly I’m not the only one, if the furore in the media today is … Continue reading

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Technolang

Language students know, or will do, the significance of the impact of technology on language use. Is there anything about this post that might be influenced by the fact that I am keying it into my mobile phone while lying … Continue reading

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