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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Alan Cooper's Homonyms
Extensive list of homonyms/homophones in American English from various sources, along with links.
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.
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.
American Proprietary Eponyms
Database of American brand names in general use today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Requests that the reader take a quick, 5-question survey to determine usage in various geographical locations.
The Nautical Origins of Some Common Expressions
Explaining the marine origins of some common words, figures of speech, and everyday expressions.
Neologism Cliche Aphorism and Novel Language Pattern
Extensive list of new sayings, cliches, aphorisms, and neologisms. Has additional pages on related language matters.
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".
Survey of English Usage
University College (London) researchers focusing on grammar and linguistics, plus world-wide usage. Includes the "Internet Grammar of English".
The Vocabula Review
A free, monthly journal about the state of the English language, dedicated to supporting its clear and expressive usage.
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 Xtag Project
Lexicalized Tree Adjoining Grammar (TAG) project, a geometric method for analysing English grammar.
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