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    Thirty-seven winters of discontent

    By The OpenLearn team

    Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been...

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    14 Dec 2017

  • Thirty-seven winters of discontent

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2017
    Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.
  • Star Wars: Myth and fairy tale

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...

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    05 Dec 2017

  • Star Wars: Myth and fairy tale

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Dec 2017
    What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...
  • English Loanwords – Interactive World Map

    By Dr Michelle Lawson

    Explore the fascinating origins of some words in the English language with this interactive world map. Simply select...

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    25 Oct 2017

  • English Loanwords – Interactive World Map

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    Explore the fascinating origins of some words in the English language with this interactive world map. Simply select the book items to uncover the word and...
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  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office?

    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

    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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  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

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    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

    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

    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.
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  • 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.
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    25 Aug 2017

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

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

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2017
    Language is political, as Brexit and Trump demonstrate

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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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  • Language in the real world

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    Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
  • Visions of protest: Graffiti

    This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of...

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    This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to...
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    Exploring the English language

    How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these...

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    How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What...
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    Form and uses of language

    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...