News – BBC Learning English app

Free BBC Learning English App goes live With readily available daily updates of new, fun, topical and amazing lessons, transcripts and quizzes, our app will help English-language learners develop their English skills and become brilliant English-speakersPaul Scott, Editor, BBC Learning English Date: 29.08.2018     Last updated: 29.08.2018 at 13.13 Category: World Service One of the world’s most…

English – The Guardian – Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers

Linguists say that random chance plays a bigger role than previously thought in the evolution of language – but also that ‘English is weird’   The manuscripts pictured show changes from Old English (Beowulf) through Middle English (Trinity Homilies, Chaucer) to Early Modern English (Shakespeare’s First Folio). Photograph: Mitchell Newberry When it comes to changes…

English – The Guardian – That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English by Matthew Engel – review

Matthew Engel urges us to hang tough against Americanisms in this entertaining history of linguistic imperialism Toilet training: is nowhere safe from the Americanisms that have been polluting our language for years?  Tim Adams Monday 3 July 2017 08.00 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 4 July 2017 11.49 BST Iworked for a few years in my 20s at the literary…