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Language links 3/19

Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.


Some fascinating new research looks at the linguistic features of threats.

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Language links 3/5

Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.


Pew has just published its annual update on social media use among adults. And they’ve also done an interesting case study on where people are sharing news from, at least on Twitter.

Speaking of news, The Pudding did a great piece on chyrons.

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Language links 2/26

Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.


Have you seen Black Panther yet? Run, don’t walk.Then read this article about isiXhosa and how it’s used in the movie. And then, after that, I recommend this interview with the dialect coach who trained the cast to speak with a Wakandan accent. (She’s white, and she talks a bit about that in a forthright way. She also knows a thing or two about linguistics, which is unfortunately uncommon among dialect coaches.)

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Language links 2/5

Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.


There’s lots of discrimination based on accents, and something of a hierarchy in how we tend to rank them.The Accentism Project documents many such experiences of discrimination, and compiles research on the topic. Related: there’s also some research showing that other factors (e.g. perceptions of race, other positive orn egative judgments) mean that some people are more likely to be perceived as speaking with an accent regardless of how they actually speak.

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