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New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb! Read more

Language and linguistics offer good research paper topics

There are many benefits to studying Linguistics during one's college career. (Credit: Benjamin Stewart)

There are many benefits to studying Linguistics during one’s college career. (Credit: Benjamin Stewart)

What is linguistics? It’s the study of language and how it’s put together. If you’re looking for good research paper topics for your linguistics, English or foreign languages classes, you can check out Questia.com to find a scholarly article on linguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics or the people who have made contributions to the field.

Linguistics studies grammar, sentence structure, syntax, vocabulary, semantics, lexicon and phonology or the way words sound. There are many branches and fields of study in linguistics, including dialectology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and applied linguistics. Read more