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This page is no longer being updated (last update 2014). Due to popular demand we will keep it online nevertheless and may one day have another go at keeping it current.

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Using plain language (see also Cross-referenceStyle guides and grammars) Lang.
External linkFight the Fog – How to write clearly: Guide to writing clearly and information about the Fight the Fog Campaign of the Translation Service of the European Commission. English
External linkPlain English Campaign: “An independent pressure group fighting for public information to be written in plain English. English
External linkPlain Language.gov: “Improving Communication from the Federal Government to the Public” English
External linkThe Word Centre: UK-based organization offering training courses, publications and advice on writing plain English. English
Use of non-discriminatory language TopZurück 
External linkLinks list to gender-neutral language guides from the Technical University of Vienna. German
External linkSprachliche Gleichbehandlung von Frauen und Männern: Use of gender-neutral language in German. German
New words, tricky words, and old words with new meanings TopTop 
External linkThe Word Spy: Devoted to recently coined words and phrases, and to old words that are being used in new ways. Lists new terms that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and other recorded sources. English
External linkWorld Wide Words: English words and phrases – what they mean, where they came from, how they have evolved, and the ways in which people sometimes misuse them. English
External linkDeutsche Rechtschreibung: Guide to German grammar, word use and punctuation after the official language reformation. German
Style guides and grammars – a comprehensive listing (see also TopPlain language) TopTop 
External linkThe Elements of Style: “Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature.” English
External linkThe Elements of Style: “Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature.” English
External linkThe Internet Grammar of English: An online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates. Does not assume any prior knowledge of grammar. English
External linkU.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual: Arranged by topic; available as HTML and PDF. English
External linkGuide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch: “These notes are a miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage I put together for my classes. The entries here are of two types: specific articles on usage, and more general articles on style.” English
External linkGlossary of linguistic terms: Want to know what a synecdoche is? Not sure what an expressive illocutionary point is? This is the place to find out. English
External linkThe Economist Style Guide: A well-structured, informative style guide. English
External linkGNOME – General Style Requirements: “ Fundamental Concepts of Technical Documentation. English
External linkWikipedia: Übersetzungsgerechtes Schreiben: Article about writing for translation German
External linkZwiebelfisch: Column in SPIEGEL magazine: a light-hearted look at the difficulties of the German language and the ways in which it is abused by some writers. German
External linkDeutsche Rechtschreibung: Guide to German grammar, word use and punctuation after the official language reformation. German
Creating style guides TopTop 
External linkfreewritingadvice.com: What is a Style Guide and Why Would I Need One? English
  
 
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