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Why does the UK have so many accents?

Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language, especially our dialect, is an expression of that distinctiveness. In addition to distinctive words and grammatical patterns, which may not follow the rules of Standard English, people have accents – many English language ones available to listen to here – related to their pronunciation when they speak which can articulate their identity.

Refining Coaching Linguistics: Verbal Tics, Placeholders and Fingerprint Words

In a recent New York Times article, writer Gregg Easterbrook shared this observation of modern day speech. “The verbal tic of saying “real quick” is surging ahead of “you know” in the American lexicon. “You know” is an empty expression, a verbal placeholder. By contrast, “real quick” has significance, reflecting the continuing acceleration of life.

Brain's preference for simplicity the reason behind similarities between languages, finds study

To find out why, scientists created a new artificial language 

The reason that there are so many commonalities between languages is because the human brain prefers to communicate simply, new research finds.

Discourse for teaching purposes

Introduction

 

A cursory glance over old and newly produced EFL coursebooks attests to the assertion that too much reliance has been placed on the traditional “text” format as the primary source of information about how language is used and functions.

How To Stay Motivated When Learning A 2nd Language: Tips And Quotes

It is said that there are two main challenges when trying to learn a new language: getting motivated and staying motivated.