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  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Office of the President of the United States
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    21 Sep 2017

  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office?

    Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Office of the President of the United States
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    It's not an unpresidented question - should poor spelling be a bar to high office? Philip Seargeant wants us to wake up and smell the covfefe.
  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally Creative commons image Icon Allan Warren under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

    By Professor Robert Morrison

    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic...

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    21 Sep 2017

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    Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally Creative commons image Icon Allan Warren under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic supporter of equality. Robert Morrison...
  • Why you shouldn't sniff at Winnie The Pooh Creative commons image Icon Thomas Heylen under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Why you shouldn't sniff at Winnie The Pooh

    By Eleanor Byrne

    There's an introduction to satire tucked inside the bear of very little brain. Eleanor Byrne takes us deeper into...

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    20 Sep 2017

  • Why you shouldn't sniff at Winnie The Pooh

    Why you shouldn't sniff at Winnie The Pooh Creative commons image Icon Thomas Heylen under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Sep 2017
    There's an introduction to satire tucked inside the bear of very little brain. Eleanor Byrne takes us deeper into Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics Creative commons image Icon Emanuele Rosso under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
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    01 Sep 2017

  • Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics

    Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics Creative commons image Icon Emanuele Rosso under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2017
    An introduction to using a corpus to get answers in linguistics.
  • A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com
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    25 Aug 2017

  • A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter

    A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    What does the UK's official notification of its intention to leave the EU mean?  Dr Philip Seargeant explores.
  • How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Rytis Daukantas
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    04 Aug 2017

  • How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars

    How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Rytis Daukantas
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2017
    Language is political, as Brexit and Trump demonstrate
  • Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate Creative commons image Icon Banksy's opinion on Brexit, from Duncan Hull, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    28 Jul 2017

  • Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate

    Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate Creative commons image Icon Banksy's opinion on Brexit, from Duncan Hull, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2017
    How does our choice of words influence the path of debate?
  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    27 Jul 2017

  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter?

    How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2017
    To create a sense of the long history of wizardry in the Potterverse, JK Rowling drew heavily on classical languages. The OU's Joanna Paul explores.
  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to...

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    18 Jul 2017

  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to the little pictures used to communicate?
  • World Emoji Day

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation...

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    17 Jul 2017

  • World Emoji Day

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 17 Jul 2017
    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic...

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  • Language in the real world

    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a knowledge about how language works (i.e. ‘linguistics’) is helpful –...

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    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
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    How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What...
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    In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we...

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    In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can...