01
Dec
16

All That Heaven Allows – introduction Mark Cousins

22
Nov
16

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ | Critics’ Picks | The New York Times

 

22
Nov
16

Presidential candidate language has declined in complexity, according to a common algorithm called the Flesch-Kincaid readability test

https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/nov/11/winning-words-the-language-that-got-donald-trump-elected

Winning words: the language that got Donald Trump elected

George Washington’s language reached graduate-degree levels. Abraham Lincoln’s was 11th-grade. And Trump’s? Right down to fourth grade.

Discussion of the use of perjoratives, verbs, repetition, hyperbole and more in the language of the presidential campaign. Compare to work on language and occupation and language and power.

22
Nov
16

Guardian – Lindsay Lohan’s new accent

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/04/lindsay-lohan-new-accent-american-tradition

Lindsay Lohan’s new accent sounds odd, but she’s following an American tradition

Among fake accents put on by our countrymen – I see you, Madonna and Gwyneth – I’m going to declare her new one the best ever

 

 

17
Sep
16

Why don’t you remember music from Marvel movies OR why film scores aren’t doing their job to make you care

 

The effect film scores (SHOULD) have on guiding an audience’s emotions.

09
Jul
16

Deborah Cameron – Women & politics & language

http://bbc.in/29bC3m8

Podcast from the BBC – Thinking Allowed – a sociology podcast created in conjunction with The Open University.

Political women, gender and speech: Laurie Taylor talks to Deborah Cameron, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford, about her analysis of the performances of the three female party leaders who took part in televised debates during the 2015 UK General Election campaign. What were the similarities and differences between the women and their male colleagues, as well as between the women themselves and how was it taken up as an issue in media coverage of the campaign?

22
Jun
16

Cambridge app maps decline in regional diversity of English dialects

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/cambridge-app-maps-decline-in-regional-diversity-of-english-dialects

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A comparison map of dialect words

Regional diversity in dialect words and pronunciations could be diminishing as much of England falls more in line with how English is spoken in London and the south-east, according to the first results from a free app developed by Cambridge researchers…

 




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