Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang discovered

A Clockwork Orange author only managed entries for three letters and his abortive labours were thought to have gone for ever… The writer Anthony Burgess invented futuristic slang for his cult novel A Clockwork Orange and was so fascinated by the language of the street that he began work on a dictionary more than 50 years ago. Now his lost dictionary of slang, abandoned after several hundred entries covering three letters, has been discovered. The work had been hidden in a vast archive of his papers and possessions held by…

A spat over language erupts at the World Bank

But arguments over an excess of conjunctions may miss the point A WAR of words has flared up at the World Bank. Paul Romer, its new chief economist, has been stripped of control of the research division. An internal memo claimed that the change was to bring the operations department and research arm closer together. But many think that it was because Mr Romer clashed with staff over the Bank’s writing style. He had demanded shorter, better-written reports. In the most recent spat, Mr Romer questioned the excessive use of…

Paneuropean research on dictionary use [in English and Greek]

Η Λεξιμανία (όπως και πολλά άλλα portal σχετικά με τη γλώσσα) σας προσκαλεί να συμμετέχετε στην πανευρωπαϊκής κλίμακας έρευνα για τη χρήση των λεξικών. Συμμετάσχετε συμπληρώνοντας ένα σύντομο ερωτηματολόγιο: που θα βρείτε εδώ. Για να μπορέσει να συμπεριληφθεί μία γλώσσα στην έρευνα αυτή χρειάζεται να έχουν συμπληρωθεί τουλάχιστον 100 ερωτηματολόγια. Βοηθήστε κι εσείς να συμπεριληφθεί η ελληνική συμπληρώνοντας το ερωτηματολόγιο! Σας ευχαριστούμε!   Leximania (as well as other portals on language) invites you to participate on a paneuropean research concerning the use of dictionaries. You can participate by filling out…

[CfP] ‘Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology’ – CALL FOR PAPERS – *Deadline Extended to 15 June 2017*

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International Conference ‘Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology’ Recent advances and interdisciplinary approaches ************************* London, 13-14 November 2017 ************************* CALL FOR PAPERS – *Deadline Extended to 15 June 2017* The forthcoming international conference ‘Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology – recent advances and interdisciplinary approaches’ will take place in London on 13 and 14 November 2017 (http://rgcl.wlv.ac.uk/europhras2017/). ———————- Conference topics ———————- The conference will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to phraseology and invites submissions on a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to: computational, corpus-based, psycholinguistic and cognitive approaches to the study of phraseology, and practical…

Influence of English is fading, says EU chief Juncker

By Crispian Balmer | FLORENCE, ITALY European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain on Friday, saying he would not give a speech in English because the language was becoming less significant following Brexit. “Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe,” Juncker told a conference in Florence before switching into French and drawing applause from his audience of EU officials, local leaders and Italian students. Juncker, who hails from Luxembourg, speaks several European languages fluently and regularly uses English at international gatherings. He said he also…