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Lara Cowell

Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy' - 0 views

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    In the mid-1970s, sociolinguist John Gumperz was summoned to Heathrow International Airport to help make sense of an odd culture clash. The new hires in Heathrow's employee cafeteria (mostly women from India and Pakistan) and some of the baggage handlers at the airport - had grown to openly resent each other. Why? One word: gravy. British women cafeteria employees said the word with a rising intonation - gravy? - that was understood as "Would you like some gravy?" The Indian and Pakistani women, however, said it with falling intonation - gravy. That came across as, "This is gravy; take it or leave it." A mere surface intonational difference, yet the cause of major social misunderstanding.
Lynn Nguyen

Can reading make you smarter? - 2 views

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    This article talks about how reading can affect your cognition/brain activity, and it also talks about how various genres have the ability to affect you. It also goes over what "intelligence" means, as well as the different types of intelligence.
Lynn Nguyen

Language and technology: Don't fear the Tweeter - 0 views

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    Long-term language change is inevitable. People need to convey a wide range of emotions or objects, and they will always need to find the words to do so. Technology may help to speed up this process, and it also allows people of all ages to be inventive and experimental, perhaps more than ever before. Only dead languages never change.
Noe Lum

Music: It's in your head, changing your brain - 1 views

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    Music can have an impressive array of affects on our brains, influencing anything from memory to emotion. (Ear worms make an appearance in this article)
Lara Cowell

Animal Behaviorist: We'll Soon Have Devices That Let Us Talk With Our Pets - 0 views

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    We all try to talk with animals, but very few of us do so professionally. And even fewer are trying to build devices that could allow us to communicate with our pets and farm animals. Meet one person who is trying to do just that: Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University, and a modern-day Dr. Doolittle.
Monica Mendoza

Sex differences in language first appear in gesture - 1 views

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    Different genders speak differently, and these differences begin in the gestures that both genders use. Gesture use is very important in language development in both genders.
Monica Mendoza

The impact of technology on the English language - 0 views

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    How technology affects how we write and speak the English language
Chris Agluba

Cross Language - 0 views

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    How English words became part of Japanese vocabulary
Steven Yoshimoto

Is Texting Bad for Kids' Communications Skills? - 0 views

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    How texting affects speaking and communication.
Steven Yoshimoto

Txtng is Killing Language - 0 views

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    How texting affects writing.
Teddy Sheehan

Auto(in)correct - 1 views

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    Technology and language. How autocorrect is not always correct.
Maria Parker

Sign Language: A way to talk, but is it foreign? - 0 views

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    Although not spoken, it counts as an actual language.
Maria Parker

Why Bilinguals are Smarter - 0 views

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    The benefits of bilingualism
Adam Pating

8 pronunciation errors that made the english language what it is today - 0 views

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    How can mispronunciation of a word today can become tomorrow's strongly defended norm
Mackenzie Smith

Why Do We Swear? - 0 views

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    Swearing expresses many different types of emotions. Kinda like when people use their car horns.
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