The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time

http://www.economist.com/node/17723223 ON THE evening before All Saints’ Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position one wanted to argue. Luther, an Augustinian friar, asserted that Christians could not buy their way to heaven. Today a doctoral thesis is both an idea and an […]

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Online database unlocks secrets of English language

Check out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/dec/16/google-tool-english-cultural-trends?INTCMP=SRCH Google creates a tool to probe ‘genome’ of English words for cultural trendsHarvard and Google say they have developed a way to identify cultural trends over the past 200 years using a database of 5m digitised books … How many words in the English language never make it into dictionaries? How has the nature of fame changed […]

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Routledge Modern Language Association Article Collection

Routledge are offering free access to a selection of journal articles, which include some linguistic papers which may be of interest …  Routledge Modern Language Association Article Collection To coincide with the annual MLA convention due to take place next month in Los Angeles, we’ve put together a selection of journal articles and key books which tie in with the […]

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New IC Books ….

…  you might be interested in these two recent (one just published, one publishing this month) intercultural communication titles. Both are available on inspection to lecturers … Thanks for your time. I hope they’re of interest! Introducing Intercultural Communication: Global Cultures and Contexts Zala Volcic, Shuang Liu & Cindy Gallois Textbooks on intercultural communication are rarely written with an intercultural readership […]

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Bilingual bloggery

Francois Grosjean’s new blog on bilingualism Francois Grosjean, the author of Life with Two Languages, Studying Bilinguals, and Bilingual: Life and Reality, has started a new blog, “Life as a bilngual”, on the Psychology Today site. He has already uploaded the following posts: – Myths about bilingualism – Who is bilingual? – Bilingualism’s best kept secret: How extensive it is […]

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A blog on Bilingualism

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Just a word to tell you that I have accepted an invitation from Psychology Today to have a blog on bilingualism. I have entitled it, “Life as a Bilingual”. It is definitely for a general public, as you’ll see. But the more one demystifies bilingualism, the better, I feel. Here is the link: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-bilingual Thank you […]

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New Journal

NEW ENGLISH PROFILE JOURNAL: FREE AND ONLINE NOW We are delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of the free online ‘English Profile Journal’ by Cambridge University Press. This brand new journal is an initiative that will disseminate cutting-edge research emerging out of the English Profile program. Full details of the journal, including how to submit a paper […]

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