Millions of people around the world take part in large-scale group discussions on the internet. These discussions have been likened to very large-scale conversations. We might wonder, therefore, whether the same kinds of gender differences exist in computer-mediated discussions as have been noted in face-to-face discussions. Linguistics Research Digest: Language and gender on the internet
When writing his screenplay for the film Lincoln, playwright Tony Kushner used his copy of the Oxford English Dictionary to check for possible anachronisms, seeking to impart the flavor of 19th-century English to the script. How much has the vocabulary of English changed since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency? About 25% of the OED’s entries are for words which entered the English language after Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, including racism (1926), leftist (1924), and boycott (1880). If Obama had been Lincoln: 10 lines from Obama’s Second Inaugural Address that wouldn’t have been used in 1865
Using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test the Guardian has tracked the reading level of every state of the union The state of our union is … dumber: How the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined | World news
Illustration by Charles Barsotti Mitt Romney vs. the English Language
READABILITY Sample text for determining readability index Flesch-Kincaid Formula This is a US Government Department of Defense standard test (i) Calculate L, the average sentence length (number of words ÷ number of sentences).
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Founded in 2006, Twitter is the online social networking service that allows its users to communicate via text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets’. Linguistics Research Digest: #Tweet #Tweet
would a boy have been shown with flowers in the 1970s? Representing gender in children's reading materials
Fiske's Discs This is a sample of writing by a pop music columnist in 1973. What features of his writing are self-consciously fashionable? Fiske's Discs
I have been reading a book on the development of the English language recently and I’ve become fascinated with the idea of word etymology — the study of words and their origins. Ideas Illustrated » Blog Archive » Visualizing English Word Origins
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