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The public's library and digital archive. Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history,...
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish ...
World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The principal objectives of the WDL are to: ...

News Releases

Forbidden Words - Cursing and Swearing
Diane Craig, President, Corporate Class Inc.
Strong language helps people cope with stress. But what are the repercussions?
The price of one lie is the loss of many truths (TM)
Does a 4000-year-old law harm us today? You bet it does. Names coming out of that law are in our language today and are being used everyday.

Sources Select Resources

Africa: Lessons From Africa Prove the Incredible Value of Mother Tongue Learning
Heugh, Kathleen
Using case studies of educational systems in Africa, Heugh defends the use of mother-tongue education in multilingual countries, whereby vernacular languages are used in primary schools to introduce o...
Business Phrases
A collection of useful business phrases from earlier days.
Impressive Phrases
Kleiser, Grenville
Journalism and 'the words of power'
Fisk, Robert
Al Jazeera
More and more today, we journalists have become prisoners of the language of power.
Language death
Connexipedia Article
A process that affects speech communities.
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Postmodernism: Paralysed by postmodernism
Kitching, Gavin
The Australian
A great deal of "theory" in the humanities and social sciences -- and not just postmodern theory -- involves the creating of a kind of conceptual landscape filled with curious kinds of abstract object...
The Semantics of Terrorism
Al-Jurf, Soha
A mental construct has been created in which the State of Israel is an entity that is under constant attack. By terrorists. Who, irrefutably, must be eradicated. Their actions are somewhat irrelevant....
Thoughtcrimes and Stupidspeak: Our Assault Against Words
Natoli, Joseph
Counter Punch
We are tortured with repetitions. How many bloggers do we have in cyberspace, opining in a Duckspeak that gets a Bellyfeel response because those who have an opposing Bellyfeel response listen only to...

Sources Bookshelf

The Artful Nuance
Evans, Ron L.
A reference book for distinguishing between words which, in modern usage, have almost become synonymous.
Between the Lines
How to Detect Bias and Propaganda in the News and Everyday Life
MacLean, Eleanor
An exploration of medthods of "dec-doing" our daily newspapers and radio/TV news. Examines our predominant sources of information (mass media) and indicates the existence of many alternative sources o...
Canadian Students' Guide to Language, Literature, and Media
Barclay, Susanne; Coghill, Judith; Weeks, Peter
Meant for secondary schools, independent use, or small group study
Chomsky for Beginners
Cogswell, David; Gordon, Paul
An introduction to the life and works of Noam Chomsky.
Culture of Complaint
The Fraying of America
Hughes, Robert
Propaganda-talk, euphemism, and evasion are so much a part of American usage today that they cross all party lines and ideological divides. The art of not answering the question, of cloaking unpleasan...
Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers
A Decade-by-Decade Guide to the Vanishing Vocabulary of the Twentieth Century
Ostler, Rosemarie
Covers almost 3000 words are covered here, mainly American white slang from fads and trends that came out of technology, music, the armed forces, rhymes, and animals.
Filthy English
The How, Why, When And What of Everyday Swearing
Silverton, Peter
An exploration of swearing with background in psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychoanalysis and linguistics. Mainly focused on British English, however also explores languages such as...
The Ghost in the Machine
Koestler, Arthur
An analysis of the relationship between reason and imagination.
The Loom of Language
A Guide to Foreign Languages for the Home Student
Bodmer, Frederic
This book provides a survey of language throughout history, from hieroglyphs to modern day languages.
Made in America
An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
Bryson, Bill
A history of American English.
The Meaning of Everything
The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon
Tales of Music and the Brain
Sacks, Oliver
Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he examines the power of music through the individaul experiences of patients, musi...
A Natural History of Latin
Janson, Tore; trans. and adapted into English by Merethe Damsgard Sorensen and Nigel Vincent
Latin is the most influential language in the world. It supports the European Romance languages, English, the Roman Catholic Church, and most of the vocabulary in science-technology, law and culture.
The New Fowler's Modern English Usage
Third Edition
Burchfield, R.W.
Modern English Usage is interesting and informative, and never dry.
Origins of the Specious
Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language
O’Conner, Patricia T.; Kellerman, Stewart
A review of popular misconceptions of English grammar and vocabulary.
Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang
Ayto, John; Simpson, John
There are 5000 slang words and phrases here, words commonly found in the UK, North America, Australia, and other parts of the English-speaking world.
Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Second Edition
Knowles, Elizabeth (ed.)
These entries tell the story behind words, names and sayings. The range is from short definitions to more detailed accounts.
Professionally Speaking
Getting Ahead in Business and Life Through Effective Communicating
Wilder, Lilyan
Guidelines for effective communication, including media interviews and speeches.
A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense
Find Your Inner Chomsky
Baillargeon, Normand
What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through everyday spin and jargon -- from politics to advertising, from...
Sold on Language
Sedivy, Julie; Carlson, Greg
An inquiry into the language of advertising.
Spell It Out
The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
Crystal, David
David Crystal offers up explanations of how English spellling, while not simple, can be sensible if you look at the history of the language and its vocabulary.
Talk Talk Talk
An Investigation into the Mystery of Speech
Ingram, Jay
Ingram explores the many aspects of talking.
War, Peace and the Media
Zwicker, Barrie
Zwicker argues that press coverage of the USSR is "profoundly uninformative, a journalistic yawn that is helping us sleepwalk toward the biggest slumber of all time: nuclear war."
The Whatchamacallit
Those Everyday Objects You Just Can't Name (and Things You Think You Know about But Don't)
Danziger, Danny; McCrum, Mark
A compendium of lesser known terms for ordinary things with background and notes.
Word for Word
Clark, Stewart; Pointon, Graham
The authors try to explain the differences between word usages. Here are about 3000 examples that are confusing because they look alike, sound alike, or seem alike.
Word Myths
Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends
Wilton, David
Takes on linguistic urban legeds, not just debunking them but also examining why they are told and what they tell us about ourselves.
Words that Count Women In
A popular guide to eliminating gender bias in writing and speech.


Alberta Journal of Educational Research
Devoted to all forms of inquiry into education and fields related to or associated with education.
Canadian Modern Language Review
Peer-reviewed articles on language, linguistics, teaching, how we learn language, psychology, and methodology. Also provide curriculums and program designs.

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