Latest Sociolinguistics Stories

2012-05-10 13:56:28

Understanding linguistic diversity among London's schoolchildren is key for the city´s future as a 'global player', research shows. A study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) mapped the distribution of languages spoken by London state school pupils. By combining language spoken with ethnicity, researchers have shed new light on patterns of educational inequality. "London´s increasing language diversity attracts much interest and debate among public service...

Foreign Language Skills Aid Business Choices
2012-04-26 06:40:19

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com "A foreign language provides a distancing mechanism that moves people from the immediate intuitive system to a more deliberate mode of thinking." These are the words of a University of Chicago (U Chicago) professor and his team of researchers in a new study on economics and language. They bring fresh perspective into language and the role it plays in business decision-making. The study, titled "The Foreign Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue...

Word of the Day
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'