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Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UKEngland and America are two countries separated by a common language. --George Bernard Shaw BrE = British EnglishAmE = American EnglishOED=Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edn. [1989], unless otherwise noted)
Thank You Very/so Much
2017-07-29 21:26
Last week at Corpus Linguistics 2017, Rachele De Felice and I presented our research on thanking in US and UK corporate emails. We'll be writing that up for publication in the coming months… Read More
2017-07-13 23:50
from the GuardianToday the Guardian reported on a new study by Bruno Gonçalves, Lucía Loureiro-Porto, José J. Ramasco, David Sánchez (you can get the pdf here) en… Read More
(to) Each (to) Their Own
2017-07-12 10:37
Today's post, I'm happy to say, is a guest post by Maddy Argy, an A-level student who's doing (BrE) work experience with me at the University of Sussex. I've asked her to find American-Briti… Read More
Barbados & The Caribbean
2017-06-18 22:03
The scene behind the KFC near my Barbadian hotelis rather unlike the scene behind the KFC near my Brighton homeAs I mentioned in the last post, and as I have been wont to mention at any oppo… Read More
In/with Hindsight
2017-05-19 21:11
Before our irregularly scheduled blogpost, a couple of announcements:First, I'm on a (BrE) one-off Radio 4 program(me) tomorrow morning (10:30): Americanize! Why the Americanisation of Engli… Read More
Squint, Cross-eyed
2017-05-05 22:44
If you have any interest in the doctor-patient relationship, I very much recommend Dariusz Galasiński's blog. He writes thought-provokingly about various things that he and I have in co… Read More
2017-03-25 13:22
We've been having some problems with people starting to (jocular Linguist English) peeve about unrelated topics in the comments section. This has upset some readers (and also me, but I'm har… Read More
2017-03-09 22:56
Lately, I've been super-aware of people saying that British English "slavishly" copies American English. Like this: the UK slavishly adopts Americanisms !! (from an email to me this wee… Read More

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