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English Language: Online resources

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English Language Online Resources

English Language Blogs

Quirky Case: blog written by a student of Linguistics: interested in Syntax, German Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Contact, Dialectology.

A Way With Words - A public radio program (podcasts) about language examined through history, culture, and family.
Lexical Items - A blog about words
Everyday Linguistic Anthropology 
The Lousy Linguist (California, USA)
Deniz Yuret His research is in natural language processing and machine learning. 
VCE English Language blog 
Crikey's English blog 
English Language blog (Essex)
Superlinguo For those who like and use language

STOP PRESS! 'heart' is a verb now

Read this post by Ruth Wajnryb.  Read Ruth's blog. This is how Ruth describes herself:

I used to be the Words Woman for Spectrum in The Sydney Morning Herald. Until they saw fit to let me go. But people out and about still see my name and say, Ahhhh, you’re the Words Woman from the Herald!

You can buy Ruth's e-books here.


Oxford Dictionaries online

The New Zealand Dictionary Centre

The Dictionary Unit for South African English

The Oxford English dictionary 

Urban Dictionary 

Wordnet - a lexical database for English

Australex (Australasian Association for Lexicography)

Australian English at the ANU

Google Ngram Viewer  When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over a selected time frame.

Why do we talk?

Across the world, 6000 different languages are spoken and the average human speaks 370 million words in their lifetime. But where did language come from? And how and why did we learn to speak?

Read about the SBS documentary, 'Why do we talk?'   Read people's comments and join the conversation here.

Young women are often trendsetters in vocal patterns