What is offside in German or Icelandic? Football English in European languages

Football

Based on an article in Nordic Journal of Linguistics, written by Gunnar Bergh and Sölve Ohlander.

“Football and English are the only truly global languages.” This statement, attributed to the legendary English footballer Sir Bobby Charlton, of 1966 World Cup fame and still to be seen at Old Trafford during Manchester United’s home games, neatly hints at the dual point of departure for this article. The present status of English as the most global language of all is not in doubt, nor is that of football (soccer) as the most widespread sport – or, rather, pop cultural phenomenon – on the planet, with a media presence bordering on obsession. Consequently, football language, i.e. the language used in communication about the game (on and off the pitch, . . . → Read More: What is offside in German or Icelandic? Football English in European languages

The influence of German on the English language

'Pils' is one German word that has become a part of the English lexicon

There are a multitude of studies on the influence of English on the German lexicon, but very little of German on English. Julia Schultz’s article explores a sample of those German borrowings. . . . → Read More: The influence of German on the English language

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Innovative constructions in Dutch Turkish: An assessment of ongoing contact-induced change – A. Seza Doğruöz and Ad Backus

Dominant-language replacement: The case of international adoptees – Kenneth Hyltenstam et al.

Bilingual first-language development: Dominant language takeover, threatened minority language take-up – Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole and Enlli Môn Thomas

Past tense grammaticality judgment and production in non-native and stressed native English speakers – Janet L. McDonald and Cristine C. Roussel

Ambiguous words are harder to learn . . . → Read More: The best of Bilingualism: Read the journal editors’ pick of key articles for FREE

Special Edition ‘Prescriptivism’ Issue of English Today – extended free access until 1st Dec 2010

A summary introduction to the fantastic special edition issue of English Today on prescriptivism – with links to 4 articles that can be accessed free of charge, for a limited time. . . . → Read More: Special Edition ‘Prescriptivism’ Issue of English Today – extended free access until 1st Dec 2010