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The Good Grammar leader warned that now apostrophes are gone, commas could be next

The Stuff of Thought, By Steven Pinker

The difference between linguists and nonlinguists is as cavernous and as tricky to define as the difference between the verbs “pour” and “fill” that means you can “pour water into the glass” but not “pour the glass with water”.

Police identify criminals from texts

*Criminals who use text messages are being caught out by new techniques that can identify a person from the clues they leave in a message. Language scientists believe that it is possible to identify the author of a message by analysing the spelling, grammar and syntax of the words used.

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a window into human nature, By Steven Pinker

No doubt, as a reader of these pages, you have a sophisticated and keen appreciation for language; are sensitive to the appeal of an elegantly expressed thought and the ugliness of an ungrammatical sentence. You'll have noticed that the way a person uses language to frame their thoughts can tell us as much about the person as it does about their thoughts.

A Clockwork Apple, By Belinda Webb

When I first sees this book, I sphinx "What?" She's nicked Mr Burgess's idea, innit. But no, dear readerz, there is more to it dan dat, cause Alex is a GRRRL, and her argot is sans Slavonic influence but based on black urban vernacular wiv bitsa Latin, purloinings from Shakespeare and a few uvva daft coinages wot necessitate a paffetik glossary at the back.

Andrew Martin: 'Laters, bruv', and off they go in mummy's 4x4

A surprise big seller of the Christmas book market is The A-Z of Teen Talk. I showed my youngest son who will be a teenager himself in four months' time a selection of the words contained. He'd heard of some, disagreed over the definition of others: "Is this slang of the 1980s?" he sneered. "Is it, like, written by a 50-year-old man?"

An immovable obstacle to action on climate change

If you had to pick one company in America as the ultimate corporate villain, you might be hard pressed to find a better candidate than ExxonMobil. At a time of soaring petrol prices and growing public anger over the cost of filling up cars and trucks, ExxonMobil is not only making money hand over fist at an increasing rate - it is actually making more money than any other oil company in the world.

Why there's a growing demand for linguists

Undergraduates may be snubbing language courses, but there's a fluent future for those who don't, says Tim Walker

Miles Kington: How to say 'do not refreeze' in 11 languages

The word for 'salami' is the same in every language - except, oddly, in Italian

Miles Kington: Is football going to be the new cricket?

One thing is certain. Eriksson has revolutionised the way the British pronounce foreign names

The Unfolding Of Language, by Guy Deutscher

Where do our languages come from? Ask Mae West

Healing a skills shortage

The allied health professions are raising their profile to build a diverse workforce with much better prospects. Kate Hilpern reports

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