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The Linguist 56,6 – December 2017/January 2018

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18 The Linguist Vol/56 No/6 2017 FEATURES It was a busy period for language-related news. How much January A study from Sussex finds that a lack of language provision for refugees in the UK is blocking integration. Service providers claim funding cuts have led to three-year waiting lists for English classes, following the Casey Report's recommendation that migrants should learn English on arrival. The White House takes down the Spanish version of its website. That was the year March The Unite union calls on the British government to investigate how interpreting contracts are awarded, and whether a "race to the bottom" in outsourcing is affecting patients, after one of 14 NHS providers goes bust, leading to cancelled appointments. It is revealed that our ancestors had spoken-language skills 25 million years ago. July Language GCSE entries in England and Wales fall by 7.3%: 10% in French, 13.2% in German and 1.8% in Spanish. A-levels drop 1.2% for French and 4.2% for German. This follows findings from the Language Trends survey in June of a startling inequality between North and South, with just 43% of pupils in the North- East taking a language. February The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks Ngunawal in Parliament just days after Aboriginal politician Bess Price objects to the fact that she is not permitted to use her native Warlpiri in Parliament. A database of indigenous terms is launched a few weeks later, and indigenous languages are introduced to the NSW high-school curriculum. April Machine translators are found to give prejudiced output, as research from Stanford and Bath shows how they learn sexist and racist language from web users. The dominance of Mandarin takes a leap forward as the Chinese government sets a target for 80% of citizens to speak the language by 2020, requiring 135 million people to learn it. August The BBC World Service launches a digital Pidgin service for West Africa – the first of 11 new languages to be introduced in the service's biggest expansion since the 1940s. Following this £289m investment, the BBC News is broadcast in 40 languages. More A-level language students gain top grades as the 'unfair' grading system is addressed. NUMBER 10; 10/7/17 FLICKR CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 © SHUTTERSTOCK ANDY G; 9/6/10 FLICKR CC BY-SA 2.0 ALEXROUVIN; 16/8/04 FLICKR CC BY 2.0 © SHUTTERSTOCK © SHUTTERSTOCK

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