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Media: BBC: Tingo, nakkele and other wonders

Submitter: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Submitter Email: ellmcf@nus.edu.sg
Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

Media Body: Here is some semantic food for thought. The BBC News Online ran this
article today, 'Tingo, nakkele and other wonders', with the caption:
'English is a rich and innovative language. But you can't help feeling we're
missing out.'

It's at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4248494.stm


Issue Number: 16.2767
Date Posted: September 26, 2005

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