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English is a West-Germanic member of the Indo-European language family spoken by 341 million people as a first language and more that 508 million in at least 104 countries.
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World Wide Words - More than 1400 pages which explore the history, evolution, byways, quirks, and curiosities of the English language. A weekly newsletter is sent by e-mail and RSS. The Nautical Origins of Some Common Expressions - Explaining the marine origins of some common words, figures of speech, and everyday expressions. The Xtag Project - Lexicalized Tree Adjoining Grammar (TAG) project, a geometric method for analysing English grammar. The American Language by H.L. Mencken - Online publication of the full text of a classic book on the history and nature of American English, with particular attention paid to the discrepancies between British and American English. Alan Cooper's Homonyms - Extensive list of homonyms/homophones in American English from various sources, along with links. Survey of English Usage - University College (London) researchers focusing on grammar and linguistics, plus world-wide usage. Includes the "Internet Grammar of English". List of Banished Words - Annual list published by Lake Superior State University of words that should be banished from the English language for misuse, overuse, and just general uselessness. The American Dialect Homepage - Resource for both linguistic and literary scholars about regional varieties of English in the United States and Canada. Includes maps, annotated link directory, and dialectology bibliography. A Study of the Formants of the Pure Vowels of British English - MA Thesis (1960) of Prof. J.C. Wells of the University of London concerning the pronunciation of vowels in "Received Pronunciation". The Be/Have Paradigm with Intransitive Verbs During the Restoration Period - A Master's thesis from the University of Uppsala, dealing with the development of be and have as auxiliaries with the perfect tense of intransitive verbs in the second half of the 17th century. Loosely Speaking - Requests that the reader take a quick, 5-question survey to determine usage in various geographical locations. Language Sites on the Internet - Word mavens may browse etymology, dictionary, thesaurus links, links to anagrams, oxymorons,palindromes, puns, idioms, banished words and expressions, city-by-city slanguage, mondegreens, logophilia, heteronyms, chiasmus, common punctuation errors. Neologism Cliche Aphorism and Novel Language Pattern - Extensive list of new sayings, cliches, aphorisms, and neologisms. Has additional pages on related language matters. American Proprietary Eponyms - Database of American brand names in general use today. Common Errors in English - Clear and concise explanation of the difference between correct and incorrect usage in American English spelling, grammar and idiom, with entertaining examples. International Dialects of English Archive - Extensive collection of freely downloadable recordings of real people speaking English in their own native accents and dialects.
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