LANGUAGE RESOURCES
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LANGUAGE RESOURCES

Here are some useful pointers.


The American’s Guide To Speaking British (humorous and quite comprehensive guide to British-American linguistic differences)

The American Heritage Book of English Usage ("A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English" - usage guide published 1996)

The American Language (full text version of H L Mencken’s classic book on American English from 1921)

British and American English (resources from Tampere University in Finland)

The British National Corpus (huge corpus of authentic English, available online with concordancing tools)

The Campaign for Plain English (campaigning organisation from the UK - examples of gobbledygook and advice on writing clearly)

Charles Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Writing (clear explanations, examples, quizzes, and links - a rich resource)

The Cobuild Project (home page of another major corpus)

Common Errors in English (A-Z of common errors from Paul Brians of Washington State University)

The Compleat Lexical Tutor (from Canada – resources for vocabulary learning for both English and French)

David Tillyer’s ‘Grammar When You Need It’ (explanations, exercises etc)

English Basics (grammar resource for learners of English - worksheets etc)

English Around The World (a rich collection of information from Eva Easton about different varieties of English)

Eva Easton’s Grammar Resource (good guide to online grammar resources, with links)

FAST-US-1 Class Reference Files Index (good selection of resources on differences between British and American English, from Tampere University in Finland)

Focus on Words (Latin and Greek influences on English)

The Global English Newsletter (cutting-edge reports on developments in the nature and status of English from The English Company)

The Guide To Grammar and Writing (really comprehensive site with both a Guide To Grammar and Writing, with explanations, examples, and quizzes, and the Principles of Composition, with detailed advice on how to build up various types of written texts)

iLoveLanguages ("more than 2000 links at iLoveLanguages have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer. Whether you're looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, iLoveLanguages probably has something to suit your needs.")

The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs and Body Language Cues (very comprehensive and well researched - fascinating)

Notes on American English (British and American spellings, pronunciations and meanings compared)

Nuffield Language Programme ("The Nuffield Languages Programme exists to support
the development of languages in the UK. It does so by supporting and encouraging a range of initiatives
that help translate the recommendations of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry into policy and practice.")

The Online English Grammar (explanations and clear examples of many grammatical points)

The Online Language Laboratory ( from fonetiks.org - a wonderful site - the sounds of various languages, including seven national varieties of English, that you can read and also hear, plus dictionaries and other language information)

Prof Dick Hudson's homepage (President of Linguistics Association of Great Britain)

The Tongue Twister Database (huge collection of tongue twisters)

Word Grammar home page (introduction to various aspects of word grammar)

Word Play (impressive set of links with brief annotations to a range of sites united by the fact that they are dedicated to fun with words)

The Word Spy (website and associated mailing list devoted to recently coined words, existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance, and older words that are being used in new ways - you can sign up for a daily email, each issue dealing with a particular word)

Worldwide Words (archive of an excellent and informative weekly e-newsletter on words amd phrases and their derivations, going back to 1999)

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