Google Literacy

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The Literacy Project.

A resource for teachers, literacy organisations and anyone interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning.

And here's a BBC story about the announcement, made at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Users can search for information in digitised books and academic articles, and share information through blogs, videos and groups.

They just can't loose.

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Good to see English

Good to see Google using English, rather than American English, on the home page of a literacy project :)

Noah Webster

The establishment of the distinct language American English was an essential part of the American Revolution. Keep in mind that "The Colonies" revolted because of mistreatment by the crown. "Your" English is no better than ours. Nyak! Nyak! Nyak!

Do I have this right?

Okay, so I'm down in the dumps with a damned bad cold today, not in a very good mood, and just being my old, cynical self. But give me a break. An umpteen- upon umpteen-billion dollar company has a grunt spend a couple of hours slapping together a handful of pages with pre-seeded searches and it's an accomplishment?

Okay, it's a nice gesture and I might be missing something, but I sure hope there's something more to come.

Rant over, time to find if some hot tea will help this hurtin' head.

Sergey F*rted = Not News

I'm sorry, but this is one of those non-news news stories about Google that only gets play because it's about, er, Google.

The establishment of the

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The establishment of the distinct language American English was an essential part of the American Revolution.

Not sure if that is what is taught in schools over there, or just your opinion.
Its nincompoopery either way.

Many of the differences were already present prior to the revolution. Many that have happened since have been divergences by 'proper' English away from 'American' English.

I have seen it argued that some of the current differences cause 'American English' to be closer to the language spoken by Shakespeare than our modern 'English' English.

I would fain my mine own judgement reserve on that contentious contestation.

I have seen it argued that

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I have seen it argued that some of the current differences cause 'American English' to be closer to the language spoken by Shakespeare than our modern 'English' English.

I've heard this too on a TV documentary about the language, that modern American English pronunciation is closer to English as spoken in the Yorkshire? region of England 400 years ago than modern English English.

Of course, even the BBC no longer really uses "BBC English" pronunciation so what should we expect? ;)

Eee by gum.

No one north of Watford speaks English proper like wot us suvverners do anyway so that doesn't surprise me in the slightest

>>speaks English proper Heh,

>>speaks English proper

Heh, I was just reading a novel published in 1905. In it the British author had one of the characters complain that regional dialects were fast disappearing in England due to universal education (probably a Victorian thing).

I'll say one thing, both The Queens English and 'Merican English are sure handy when it comes to cussin'.

> I'm sorry, but this is one

> I'm sorry, but this is one of those non-news news stories about Google that only gets play because it's about, er, Google.

They do get old, don't they?

In other news, Google Scholar is now doing a beta test with this cool feature whereby you can search by the academic author’s maiden name blah blah please kill me!

They just can't

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They just can't loose.

*sigh*

No honey. They just can't lose.

Loose as in 'not rigidly fastened or securely attached..' or not tight

as in:

'Doug Heil has a few screws loose.'

added: And, it's ironic you misspelled it on a post regarding literacy..

Sighing Right Back At Ya

Thanks for calling me honey. Irony, as in the thing that don't work too well online. Or with Yanks. Like, waddeva.

ah..so the irony was

ah..so the irony was intended...my bad.

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