Tagged: appliedlinguistics

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“Do you plead guilty?” – “No but yeah but no” – Analysing language in courtrooms or how to make the lawyer go nuts

Back in the early 2000s, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) ran a comedy series named Little Britain, which – unless you’ve seen it already – we’d advise you to binge watch immediately. It’s freaking hilarious! Let’s briefly introduce you to one of the show’s main characters: Vicky Pollard. She’s best...

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Brothers Grimm – lexicographers as well as storytellers

When you hear the names Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, you probably think about Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Rarely (especially in the English speaking world) are they associated with the huge work they’ve done while compiling the Deutsche Wörterbuch (DWB). Back then even brothers...

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On how to be racist

— Don’t worry, this is not an actual tutorial but looks at how racism is part of social media postings and how we perceive that.

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Are you already a competent speaker of English?

  You might have already experienced some awkward or funny misunderstandings when speaking English or another foreign language with native speakers. Misunderstandings or pragmatic failure in a foreign language between members of different cultural backgrounds and languages are very frequent. They occur when people greet each other, when they apologize...