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English for sophistication

Native speakers of English don’t automatically associate their language with connotations of style. In New Zealand, for example, linguistic landscape research has found French & Italian associated with cafés and restaurants, American English with...

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Tourism and sociolinguistics

Guidebooks and tourist information have recently become the focus of attention by researchers in areas such as media studies, communication and linguistics. I was reminded of this when I picked up a pamphlet on...

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Malayasian Teacher Trainees Completing Degrees

See the news on ‘English language teachers after completing degree studies in the discipline at Victoria University in Wellington’ at  

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BBC English, language & gender

This year’s Ian Gordon Fellow is Professor Deborah Cameron, the Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University. She’s a sociolinguist and discourse analyst, whose research interests include language attitudes, media language and the...