COBUILD English Usage 4th Edition: Gender and Identity

In the next two blog posts about the new edition of COBUILD English Usage, Julie Moore looks at some of the changes in language usage that emerged from research for the new edition. In this post, she explores how language shifts reflect changing ideas about gender and identity.

A New Turn of Phrase

When we think of language change, it tends to be new coinages that spring to mind (rewilding, deepfake, zoombombing), but in fact, a lot of new language is created by putting existing words together in new combinations, that’s especially true of phrasal verbs and idioms. For the latest editions of two new Collins COBUILD dictionaries […]

COBUILD English Usage 4th Edition: Mental Health and Disability

Our survey of current usage for the new edition of COBUILD English Usage uncovered evidence that new words, new combinations of words and new uses have developed in recent years to better describe the diversity that exists in contemporary society. In this post, I explore this idea of diversity and inclusion further, looking at the areas of mental health and disability.

COBUILD: Shifting senses – How the meanings of words change

In the 30 years since the publication of the first COBUILD dictionary, a whole flurry of new words has come into the language and as they’ve caught on and become part of everyday usage, they’ve been added to the dictionary. I’m not just talking about the trendy new coinages that occasionally hit the headlines; think […]

Understanding academic grammar

  This article has been written by Julie Moore, who is an ELT materials developer and lexicographer.   For students new to dealing with academic texts in English, they can seem daunting; full of long words and long complex sentences. Are academics just trying to show off how clever they are and confuse their poor readers? […]

Grammar and register

This article has been written by Julie Moore, who is an ELT materials developer and lexicographer. Our last post focused on the difference between a prescriptive and a descriptive approach to grammar. A descriptive grammar, such as the Collins COBUILD English Grammar, describes the language which people actually use, and draws from that a set […]

Grammar or vocabulary? A blurry line

This article has been written by Julie Moore, who is an ELT materials developer and lexicographer. Most language learning coursebooks include grammar activities and vocabulary activities. As teachers, we talk about ‘teaching grammar’ and ‘teaching vocabulary’. Grammar and vocabulary are two of the key strands of language learning, yet are they really as separate as […]

Dictionary evolution: Exploiting modern referencing tools to the max

Julie Moore & Lisa Sutherland held a session on ‘Dictionary evolution: Exploiting modern referencing tools to the max‘ at IATEFL in Manchester. Their presentation slides are now available, and they include plenty of practical teaching tips and information about future plans for the Collins Corpus.  Download Slides: Dictionary evolution: Exploiting modern referencing tools to the […]

What has a corpus ever done for you?

Celebrating the launch of the new and 8th Edition of the COBUILD Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, our Corpus lexicographer Julie Moore has written an excellent article about the impact of corpora on English language teaching, which was published in the October issue of the Modern English Teacher. We hope you’ll enjoy reading it! What has a […]

IATEFL videos available 

Did you miss the Collins talks at IATEFL this year? You’ll be delighted to hear that we’ve recorded them for you! The first two talks are now available on the CollinsELT YouTube channel! Do your learners find certain accents difficult to understand? In Understanding English however it is spoken Ian Badger shows how we can help. […]