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Sexism row prompts Oxford Dictionaries to review language used in definitions

Oxford Dictionaries has said it will review the example sentences it uses for the adjective “rabid” after being accused of sexism over its current example: “a rabid feminist”.<p>The dictionary publisher, part of Oxford University Press, was taken to task by the Canadian anthropologist Michael …

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Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language

As Oxford Dictionaries comes under fire for sexist definitions, the history of terms that refer to women shows how deep negative attitudes go<p>Linguists call it collocation: the likelihood of two words occurring together. If I say “pop”, your mental rolodex will begin whirring away, coming up with …

Linguistics

The Sadness of Speaking One Language

In the kindergarten classroom at the Kuyilapalayam Higher Secondary School the children are learning to write in Tamil, English and Hindi. Today on the board, Tamil letters dominate and the children practice in composition books. They come up one by one to the teacher and make the corrections she …

Language Learning

How William Shakespeare changed the way you talk – in pictures

Jane Sutcliffe and John Shelley tell us about their book Will’s Words, which celebrates the massive impact The Bard has on the way we talk today

William Shakespeare

Do We Need Language to Think?

Do We Need Language to Think?<p>Updated on January 17, 2018<p>To answer these questions we need to first understand the purpose of language.<p>Language allows …

What The F? What swearing reveals about language and ourselves

Cursing is cool. It just is. Ask anyone.<p>In his new book <i>What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves</i> (UK) <i></i>Benjamin …

Linguistics explains why Trump sounds racist when he says “the” African Americans

One of the littlest words in the English language gives the biggest clue about where Donald Trump’s head is at: his use of the word “the.”<p>In the second US presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump promised, “I’m going to help the African-Americans. I’m going to help the Latinos, Hispanics. I am going to …

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'The blacks,' 'the gays,' 'the Muslims' — linguists explain one of Donald Trump's most unusual speech tics

"People don't know how well we're doing with the Hispanics, the Latinos."<p>"I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."<p>"I love the Muslims. I think they're great people."<p>"Ask the gays what they think and what they do."<p>"I will be phenomenal to …

Words act like wild animals: “We don’t understand that no language could ever sit still”

Salon speaks with Columbia University linguist John McWhorter about his lively new book “Words on the Move”<p>Why does language change? Why do we get so upset when it does? And is there any way to stop it? These are some of the questions linguist John McWhorter tackles in his fascinating new book …

How Dunkin' Donuts changed the English language forever

The answer, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is that it is, in fact, both.<p>According to a post in the dictionary's Words at Play blog to celebrate National Donut Day:<p>"We've been encountering the variant <i>donut</i> in published, edited text since the mid-20th century. It was certainly helped …

Don’t think of a rampaging elephant: Linguist George Lakoff explains how the Democrats helped elect Trump

<b>George Lakoff (Simon & Schuster/Bart Nagel)</b><p>Democrats played into Trump’s hands, Lakoff says — and they won’t win until they learn how to frame the debate<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 15, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>George Lakoff didn't start off in the world of politics. He was a founding father of cognitive …

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A linguist explains how to write protest signs that everyone will remember

Language can be used to persuade, amuse, insult, and mobilize action. Few formats can accomplish these goals as ably or succinctly as the protest sign.<p>When you make a protest sign, you’re working with considerable linguistic constraints: Space is limited by what you (and your friends) can carry, …

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