Learn the phonetic alphabet By stretch | Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 3:18 a.m. UTC How often have you been on one end of a telephone conversation that went like this? 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English There are spelling rules in English, even if they are difficult to understand, so pronouncing a word correctly usually does help you spell it correctly. Here are the 100 most often mispronounced English words ("mispronunciation" among them). Several common errors are the result of rapid speech, so take your time speaking, correctly enunciating each word. Careful speech and avid reading are the best guides to correct spelling. Need more help with these common errors? Check out the YourDictionary Battle of the Commonly Misspelled or Misused Words infographic for an easy-to-understand visual explanation of the most commonly confused words.
Online Speed Reading tools and software - StumbleUpon Simply start by clicking on the Play button on the left. Reading is that one activity that we do every day but we don't really practice. Most people learn the basics of reading in kindergarten and never graduate to the next levels. You are probably using the same basic rudimental tools and techniques that you learned when you were 6. The average American person reads at an average speed of 180 to 240 words per minute and has done so since he was 16 years old.
Historical linguistics Historical linguistics (also called diachronic linguistics) is the study of language change. It has five main concerns: to describe and account for observed changes in particular languagesto reconstruct the pre-history of languages and determine their relatedness, grouping them into language families (comparative linguistics)to develop general theories about how and why language changesto describe the history of speech communitiesto study the history of words, i.e. etymology. Sounds Familiar? What you can hear You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank. You’ll hear Londoners discussing marriage and working life, Welsh teenagers talking with pride about being bilingual and the Aristocracy chatting about country houses.
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Martha Palmer The original PropBank The original PropBank project, funded by ACE, created a corpus of text annotated with information about basic semantic propositions. Predicate-argument relations were added to the syntactic trees of the Penn Treebank. This resource is now available via LDC. PropBank today This project was continued under NSF funding and DARPA GALE and BOLT. with the aim of creating Parallel PropBanks (the English-Chinese Treebank/PropBank) and also PropBanking other genres, such as Broadcast News, Broadcast Conversation, WebText and Discussion Fora, at the University of Colorado. PropBank is also being mapped to VerbNet and FrameNet as part of SemLink: Mapping together PropBank/VerbNet/FrameNet. PropBank's coverage is also being extended to provide support for AMR annotation, which makes heavy use of PropBank frame files.
Cliche Finder Have you been searching for just the right cliché to use? Are you searching for a cliché using the word "cat" or "day" but haven't been able to come up with one? Just enter any words in the form below, and this search engine will return any clichés which use that phrase... Over 3,300 clichés indexed!
JOIN THE BIG SWITCH The original deadline for The Big Switch has now passed. But because so many people want to get involved, signup has been extended and you can still take part by entering your personal details and gas and electricity use now. The Which? expert negotiators will soon start negotiating with the big gas and electricity suppliers. To get the best possible bargain they need a bit more information about how much gas and electricity we use. Click here to enter the information they need and join in The Big Switch. NomBank We began this project firmly on the shoulders of Catherine Macleod's Nomlex project and related work on support verbs. This turned out to be a big boost as about one half of the argument-taking nouns in the corpus are nominalizations or nouns that have nominalization-like properties (e.g., "aggression" and "agenda" have argument structures similar to the verbs "destroy" and "schedule"). NomBank has forced us to define noun argument structure in great detail, including areas that have little if any previous research.
Proteus Project: NOMLEX Proteus Project Department of Computer Science New York University Catherine Macleod, Ralph Grishman, Adam Meyers, Leslie Barrett and Ruth Reeves Overview NOMLEX (NOMinalization Lexicon) is a dictionary of English nominalizations developed by the Proteus Project at New York University under the direction of Catherine Macleod.