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Friday, July 31, 2009

Why does America hold Britain's leash? | SocialistWorker.org

Why does America hold Britain's leash? | SocialistWorker.org
A left-wing US newspaper gives its opinion about UK-US relations.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Population of Britain (UK)

Population of Britain (UK): "Britain ranks 18th in the world in terms of population size."

Une école en Angleterre a mis en place ce site web pour donner quelques informations d ebase sur la Grande Bretagne aujourd'dui. Il pourrait servir de révision.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Going nowhere: My life in a wheelchair - Features, Health & Families - The Independent

Going nowhere: My life in a wheelchair - Features, Health & Families - The Independent

It is not easy being disabled in England, as this journalist found out after an accident. (Follow the link).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The last of the noblest generation - Home News, UK - The Independent

The last of the noblest generation - Home News, UK - The Independent

The last surviving British soldier from the First World War died yesterday. Here is an article from today's Independent newspaper.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Le monde à Parr - Libération

Le monde à Parr - Libération

An exhibition in Paris of a modern British artist.

The Big Question: Why has Britain become more unequal, and can it be changed? - Home News, UK - The Independent

The Big Question: Why has Britain become more unequal, and can it be changed? - Home News, UK - The Independent

Quiz langue française

Quiz langue française

Même pour les études d'anglais, on a besoin d'un bon niveau d'expression écrite en français. Suivez le lien pour vous amuser avec quelques questionnaires parfois difficiles.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

First World War.com - Feature Articles - Women and WWI

First World War.com - Feature Articles - Women and WWI

Women in Britain in World War One

A video of life in Britain in 1904

CULTURE DEFAULT VIRAL ST_UIP

I came across this video which shows the streets of London in 1904. Notice the hats.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Comment construire sa bibliographie de mémoire universitaire ?

Comment construire sa bibliographie de mémoire universitaire ?

Pour ceux qui, comme moi, sont occupés à écrire des mémoires ou articles universitaires : un rappel des règles pour la bibliographie.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Charles Bremner - Times Online - WBLG: The battle for Sunday in France

Charles Bremner - Times Online - WBLG: The battle for Sunday in France

Thanks to Jean Sabiron for recommending this article on Sunday in France, seen in The Times.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Climbers may be barred from Uluru - Australasia, World - The Independent

Climbers may be barred from Uluru - Australasia, World - The Independent

In the British press : a debate in Australia concerning aboriginal sacred sites, and tourists.

Contestation sociale WCML | Galleries > Image galleries

WCML | Galleries > Image galleries

If you follow the above link, you can see a collection of banners and symbols from the history of the British Trade Union movement.

Tom Lehrer - a song about nuclear war



Today a little American culture - an anti-war song from the comic singer Tom Lehrer, from forty or so years ago. Here are the lyrics :



This is the song that some of the boys sang as they went bravely off to World War III:



So long, mom,

I'm off to drop the bomb,

So don't wait up for me.

But while you swelter

Down there in your shelter

You can see me

On your TV.



While we're attacking frontally

Watch Brinkally and Huntally

Describing contrapuntally

The cities we have lost.

No need for you to miss a minute of the agonizing holocaust. Yeah!



Little Johnny Jones, he was a US pilot,

And no shrinking violet was he.

He was mighty proud when World War III was declared.

He wasn't scared, no siree!



And this is what he said on

His way to Armageddon:



So long, mom,

I'm off to drop the bomb,

So don't wait up for me.

But though I may roam,

I'll come back to my home

Although it may be

A pile of debris.



Remember, mommy,

I'm off to get a commie,

So send me a salami

And try to smile somehow.

I'll look for you when the war is over,

An hour and a half from now!

Monday, July 06, 2009

YouTube - Are You Being Served? No Sale 1/3

YouTube - Are You Being Served? No Sale 1/3

This youtube video is an extract from a nineteen seventies British comedy "Are you being served". It seems rather old-fashioned these days, but you can practise your English with it.

Gerd Bayer (2009) Heavy Metal Music in Britain

Gerd Bayer (2009) Heavy Metal Music in Britain

A new book has just been published by researchers studying the history of British popular music. Click on the link above.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Plinth 'statues' for July chosen

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Plinth 'statues' for July chosen

A Trafalgar Square à Londres, un projet particulier d'Art Contemporain. Pendant 100 jours, plus de 2 000 personnes vont être la statue sur le socle pendant une heure chacun. Ils ont le droit de faire ce qu'ils veulent, tant que ce n'est pas illégal. Suivez le lien pour le rapport de la BBC.

BBC - Radio 4 - Podcast

BBC - Radio 4 - Podcast

Quand on apprend une langue, la grammaire en particulier nécessite un travail concentré et rigoureux. Mais pour le vocabulaire, et la compréhension orale, c'est la quantité qui compte. Ainsi, les podcast de la radio de la BBC sont un outil précieux pour les étudiants. Téléchargez en MP3 une émission d'une vingtaine de minutes - comique, scientifique, historique ou d'actualité, et écoutez trois ou quatre fois. Suivez le lien ci-dessus.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pour les étudiants en linguistique

Pour les étudiants avancés de la grammaire anglaise, je vous signale ce livre, que vient de publier un groupe d'universitaires, dont mon ami Raphaël Salkie.



Vient de paraître

Modality in English

Theory and description

Raphael Salkie, Pierre Busuttil, Johan van der Auwera (eds.)



Collection : Topics in English Linguistics 58

Editors : Elisabeth Closs Traugott and Bernd Kortmann



2009 - Mouton de Gruyter

Berlin – New York

ISBN 978-3-11-019634-4

ISSN 1434-3452



Contents :

1. Introduction
Raphael Salkie, Pierre Busuttil and Johan van der Auwera

9. Towards a typology of modality in language
Paul Larreya

31. ‘Not-yet-factual at time t’: a neglected modal concept
Renaat Declerck

55. Semantic ascent, deixis, intersubjectivity and modality
Keith Mitchell

79. Degrees of modality
Raphael Salkie

105. Another look at modals and subjectivity
Jelena Timotijevic

123. For a topological representation of the modal system of English
Alain Deschamps and Lionel Dufaye

145. Epistemic might in the interrogative
Gilbert Ghio

159. MAY in concessive contexts
Jean-Claude Souesme

177. When may means must: deontic modality in English statute construction
Ross Charnock

199. Legal English and the ‘modal revolution’
Christopher Williams

211. Posteriority in expressions with must and have to: a case of interplay between syntax, semantics and pragmatics
An Verhulst

223. Using the adjectives surprised/surprising to express epistemic modality
Christiane Rocq-Migette

237. Commitment and subjectivity in the discourse of a judicial inquiry
Juana I. Marin-Arrese

269. Hearsay adverbs and modality
Agnès Celle

295. When Yes means No, and other hidden modalities
Claude Rivière

315. Modality and the history of English adhortatives
Manfred Krug

349. On the “great modal shift” sustained by come to VP
Philippe Bourdin

377. Author index
380. Subject index