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  • Felix Darknite

    That few people have heard of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, or know about language evolution, children's language acquisition or the current process of language extinction, seems to me to be a crying shame. But the insights of linguistics are of social and political as well as intellectual importance.

  • Jennie Stoltz

    It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English - Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky

  • Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant

    Engelse taal: 'If a non-standard-speaking child persists in using non‑standard English, particularly non-standard grammar, that child will not progress.' ...

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REMEMBER using too many other words instead of "said" is a clear sign of a beginner. Most of the time, "said" is just fine. It's nice to have options, though. :)

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  • Keijjo Ahlqvist

    Not veri demokratik lanvits sens juu niid peipr and pens to learn it, sou kids in the open air skuuls in anderdivelopt kantriis kaant learn it.

  • James Francisco

    translation oof keijjos post (for those like me who thought it was another language: "Not very democratic (unknown) since you need paper and pens to learn it, so kids in open air schools in underdeveloped countries cant learn it."

  • Diana Court

    I love English ... What a brilliant and evolving language it is

From marvellous to awesome: how spoken British English has changed - A study called the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 reveals how our use of language is evolving. Is British English succumbing to American influence?

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  • Stephanie Robertson

    I'm right on with 17, 21, and 33

  • Lys Utlanning

    I'm definitely 15... SF Bay Area. I lived in 21... NC ('96-'01 consulting work) and visited all over. Funny how people will say "Not from 'round here... er ya?" As soon as I open my mouth. ;-)

  • Miranda Rose

    There should just be a separate section for southern Californians specifically. Haha

  • Lys Utlanning

    OMG yes Miranda. How could they not section that area off?

  • Miranda Rose

    We have a very distinct dialect.

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