Words

Drafts mostly related to It's All in a Word (2009, Profile): US edition All in a Word (2010)

Word Tests

Texts on Words

Misc  information

Understanding  Shakespeare

Words and thinking

Bodyparts

Vocabulary size:
basic words 

Arbitrariness of meaning

What is a word?

Tonguetwisters

Unique written words


Pig Latin


Vocabulary size:
advanced words
Where do words come from? 
British dialects What does a word mean?
American or English words What are dictionaries for? Babytalk words
Guessing in context EasyTalk; are long words better? British words for alleyways; chares
Vocabulary learning
strategies

Powerful plurals - pronouns and status

 

Saying No


Opposites

Tip of the tongue 

New Words

 

English names for foreign parts

 

Can you talk black?

 

Chaucer's new words

 

Placenames
How old is your language?

Shakespeare's new words

 

Frequency

Meaning and Words

English words in Japanese


French words in English

Indian words in English

Forming new words

 

Word Games:
Guessing
Sequences
Letter arrangement
(Slovakian translation, Bosnian translation)

Sound symbolism

Proper names that become words

 

General Semantics

Letters with meaning

Science Fiction Words

 


Dr Johnson's Definitions
Word associations Forms and types of words Basic English
Measuring meaning

 

Gassers and Slashers: Doctor's Slang

Aphasia

Nicknames Rule

Colours

 

Children's Words

Content versus structure words

Relative Words


L2 Vocabulary Learning Strategies

 

Children's early words

Structure words list

 

L2 Vocabulary 

 

Words and the National Curriculum

 

Reduplicative Words
Children's two word stage Official Words of Praise
How do children learn words? 

Plural: mice and mouses
Pronouns
Infixes inside words
Compounds
Blends

Collocations in English

YouTube Clips
Wine words

Simplified vocabularies - Political correctness and thought control

Words matter (videoed lecture)

"Thus we talk of free enterprise, of capitalist societies, … as though all of these words stand for the same things they formerly did. Social institutions are what they do, not necessarily what we say they do. It is the verb that matters not the noun." Aneurin Bevan, In place of fear