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We've put together a list of some useful sites about languages and linguistics.
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Guide to other non-english languages
Elsewhere on BBCi
What do you think about your local accent?
Talk about Voices in your area
Women talk 'posher': Across the world in almost every language studied, females use more 'prestige', 'standard' forms of language. The exception is extreme Arabic societies where women do not participate in public life.
The art of conversation - Why do men and women miscommunicate
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Survey of Regional English (SuRE)
Survey of Regional English (SuRE) - a new investigation into regional and social variation of dialect.
Association for Language Awareness
Supports initiatives undertaken by organisations with interests in language awareness, and by meetings for practitioners and theorists in all spheres of teaching and learning.
British Library, Collect Britain
The way we speak - over 650 recordings of English regional accents and dialects from 1950 to the present day.
British Library, Sounds Familiar
Recordings from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland providing a number of examples of RP speech and speakers from the UK's minority ethnic communities.
Centre for Deaf Studies
Europe's only academic institution dedicated to research and education for the benefit of the deaf community.
Ethnologue - Languages of the world
An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,912 known living languages.
Foundation for Endangered Languages
Aims to raise awareness and support the use of endangered languages.
Harper Collins word exchange site
Dedicated to the study and promotion of Hiberno-English - how and why Irish people speak the way they do, Irish folklore and the idioms of English as used in Ireland.
UNESCO initiative to protect and preserve languages in danger of disappearance and promote multilingualism on the Internet.
Language and Global Communication
A research programme studying the impact of multinational corporations, IGOs and NGOs, tourism and advertising, and transnational networks of professionals on linguistic and communicative practices.
The Survey of English Dialects (SED)
The Survey of English Dialects (SED) - the 'original' language survey project from the University of Leeds that aimed to compile a linguistic atlas of England.
Slang dictionary with definitions provided by users
World Wide Words
Articles on language including Polari, the linguistic legacy of Star Trek, and the spelling of Aluminium versus Aluminum.
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A Window into Welsh - the unique programme which gives you help with Welsh vocabulary.
Beag air Bheag
Scottish Gaelic for absolute beginners.
Learn Irish for beginners to intermediate, with audio lessons.
Colin and Cumberland
Animated site for beginners of all ages. Learn Irish, Gaelic and Welsh with the pedigree pooch Cumberland and his inherited owner, Colin.
Comprehensive learning site including dictionary, spell checker, grammar guide and the intriguing-sounding mutation checker.
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Brief guide to written Afrikaans and pronunciation.
Includes information on the Gheg and Tosk dialects, history and grammar.
Introduction to the national language of the Republic of Indonesia.
Esperanto-Asocio de Britio
The official site of the Esperanto Association of Britain (EAB).
Statistical and linguistic information on the majority of languages spoken in Ghana.
A signed site from the British Deaf Association.
Historical and linguistic perspective on Tamil (in English).
Information on the development of Telugu and other south Indian Dravidian languages.
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AS Guru English
Learning site for AS level pupils, section on Accent and Dialect.
E-cyclopedia of teen speak
E-cyclopedia's first annual guide to youth-speak for the not-so-young.
Article on Esperanto House, the home of the Esperanto Association of Britain.
Guide to languages spoken across Europe.
An introduction to BSL with a list of web resources.
A BBC TWO series invites you to hunt for words and help rewrite the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Listen to the documentary from 1Xtra about the trends in UK street speech. It's shaped by American and Caribbean culture, even if we don't realise it.
The Routes of English
Listen to the Radio 4 programme on the story of the English language with Melvyn Bragg.
Word 4 Word
A series of programmes about language and in particular local language and dialects, and how they are changing.
Word of Mouth
Michael Rosen explores the world of words and the way we use them on Radio 4.
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