Don’t do no double negatives

Dec 16, 2010 by

Among the various “poisonous tomatoes” of English grammar — constructions criticized by prescriptive grammarians without any regard to their true “nutritional” value — none gets so much negative...

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Norfuk Language

Dec 9, 2010 by

To continue our theme of the fate of English in far and remote places, today we will look at Norfuk language, a form of English spoken on Norfolk and Pitcairn islands in South Pacific. In fact, Norfuk is not just a form of English,...

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Tristan da Cunha English

Dec 8, 2010 by

While Falkland Islands and St. Helena with their native English-speaking communities of 3,000-4,000 people may seem small and isolated, they are by no means the smallest or the most isolated varieties of English. That title probably...

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The English of ‘Saints’

Dec 7, 2010 by

In yesterday’s posting we examined the English spoken on the Falkland Islands. Today, we’ll look at the English of ‘Saints’ — as the inhabitants of St. Helena call themselves. The island of St. Helena is...

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Falkland Islands English

Dec 6, 2010 by

Discussions of English as a global language often focus on English in large native-speaker countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia etc. and on places where English is spoken non-natively, like India, eastern Africa and Southeast...

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