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April 2006

An accent on Englishness
It seems most unfair that foreign actresses - for it is mainly women we are talking about - are so good at playing "our" women on screen.
(The Independent, April 24th 2006)
Why grammar is good for you
From May 11, Julian Fellowes will be fronting Never Mind the Full Stops, a quiz show about English, its speakers' foibles and its innumerable heffalump-traps.
(Daily Telegraph, April 23rd 2006)
Language and liberty
Overzealous officers don't change the fact that political correctness has improved the world.
(The Guardian, April 17th, 2006)
It's no longer enough just to say it louder
English firms need to get up to speed on the languages and mores of their trading partners.
(The Times, April 16th, 2006)
Message understood?
Convoluted academic language is OK for the initiated, but the rest of us need plain English.
(The Guardian, April 11th, 2006)
'Nang' takes over Cockney slang
Words such as "nuff" are more likely to be used in some parts of east London than Cockney slang, a study shows.
(BBC News, April 11th, 2006)
How art of conversation between parents and children has died
All-day television, the demise of the family meal and even the forward-facing design of pushchairs are conspiring to kill the art of conversation between parents and children.
(The Independent, April 7th 2006)
France still under spell of language
Dictation clubs are thriving in a country seeking refuge from the malaise of Anglophone globalisation.
(BBC News, April 7th, 2006)
Linguists 'have different brains'
People with an aptitude for languages could have different shaped brains to others, scientists say.
(BBC News, April 6th, 2006)
Welsh soccer's 'English-only' row
Welsh football's ruling body comes under fire for refusing to conduct business in the Welsh language.
(BBC News, April 6th, 2006)
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August 2005
Icelanders speak up for languages
East End Cockney accent 'fading'
Muslims 'want surmons in English'

September 2005
Manx Gaelic revival 'impressive'
UK 'loves languages after all'
Tingo, nakkele and other wonders

January 2006
Web to preserve Romani heritage
Mind your PMQs? It's eff this and eff that
The C word

August 2006
Armageddon isn't upon us
Why are fewer students choosing to study foreign languages at GCSE?

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