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Lara Cowell

With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language - 0 views

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    Donald Trump has begun casting all unfavorable news coverage as fake news. In one tweet, he even went so far as to say that "any negative polls are fake news." And many of his supporters have picked up and run with his new definition. The ability to reshape language - even a little - is an awesome power to have. According to language experts on both sides of the aisle, the rebranding of fake news could be a genuine threat to democracy.
Lara Cowell

Slanguage - 0 views

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    National Public Radio interviewed linguist John McWhorter on words and semantic change. The interview provides several contemporary examples showing how words and language are constantly changing. Mc Whorter asserts, "I think that we should learn not to listen to people using natural language as committing errors because there's no such thing as making a mistake in your language if a critical mass of other people speaking your language are doing the same thing."
Lara Cowell

Your Facebook sharing can reveal hidden signals about you - 0 views

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    Our social media activity can give extraordinary - and often unintentional - insights into our mental wellbeing. Little wonder that professionals whose job it is to look after our emotional health are now exploring how they can use these signals to take the 'emotional pulse' of individuals, communities, nations and even the entire species. Apparently, the words that're said are less important than the category or the frequency of posts in re: painting user profiles.
ariafukumae17

How the Internet Is Changing Pronunciation - 0 views

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    How do you pronounce "read receipt"--the notification that pops up once the recipient of a text message has been opened? While some pronounce it as 'reed' (present tense,) others pronounce it as 'red' (past tense.)
    In an era full of technology, we are reading more than ever on our tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Therefore, our words are being transmitted across the world instantly. Various pronunciations occur because we learn new words from reading, rather than listening. In the end, we cannot settle for a "proper" usage of a word because pronunciation will surely continue to change with time and technology.
Lara Cowell

Positive Lexicography Interactive - 1 views

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    Dr Tim Lomas, lecturer and author in positive psychology, has collected words expressing positive states from around the world. You can explore by theme or language.
Lara Cowell

The 'untranslatable' emotions you never knew you had - 1 views

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    Have you ever felt a little mbuki-mvuki - the irresistible urge to "shuck off your clothes as you dance"? Perhaps a little kilig - the jittery fluttering feeling as you talk to someone you fancy? How about uitwaaien - which encapsulates the revitalising effects of taking a walk in the wind? Tim Lomas' Positive Lexicography Project aims to capture the many flavours of good feelings (some of which are distinctly bittersweet) found across the world, in the hope that we might start to incorporate them all into our daily lives. We have already borrowed many emotion words from other languages, after all - think "frisson", from French, or "schadenfreude", from German - but there are many more that have not yet wormed their way into our vocabulary. Lomas has found hundreds of these "untranslatable" experiences so far - and he's only just begun.
    Learning these words, he hopes, will offer us all a richer and more nuanced understanding of ourselves. "They offer a very different way of seeing the world."
Lara Cowell

The hidden danger of euphemisms - 0 views

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    Euphemistic language is the timeless enemy of anyone concerned with clarity. While everywhere, they tend to cluster within taboo subjects such as death, sex, and drugs - and giving people the axe, as no corporation would say. Few topics have accumulated as many euphemisms as the action called downsizing, making redundant, laying off, demising, and even absurd, clunky phrases like
Lara Cowell

Music training speeds up brain development in children - 2 views

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    A longitudinal study conducted by USC suggests that music training during childhood, even for a period as brief as two years, can accelerate brain development and sound processing. We believe that this may benefit language acquisition in children given that developing language and reading skills engage similar brain areas.
Lara Cowell

Falconry | The Language of Falconry | The Use of Falconry Terms - 0 views

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    You probably don't even realize it - but we all talk the language of falconry! Fed up? Hoodwinked? Haggard? Having such a long and rich history around the world, the practice of falconry has developed an extensive vocabulary to describe it. Over time many of these words and phrases have become part of everyday life without many of us realising the original meaning behind the term.
darthvaper

Understanding Chess Notation - dummies - 1 views

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    Chess notation has an important role in the world of chess because it preserves the game's history. It allows people to record games for posterity and gives them the chance to review the history of the game's development to date. Notation also allows people to overcome language barriers and communicate with one another in a algebraic form, an interesting form of language indeed!
deborahwen17

Monkeys Could Talk, but They Don't Have the Brains for It - The New York Times - 0 views

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    This article is pretty self-explanatory based on the article - it talks about how monkeys' vocal cords and bodies are physiologically able to talk and make distinct sounds. However, monkeys lack the brain circuits used by humans to learn sounds, and the special nerve sets humans use to control the shape of our vocal tracts.
jgonzaga17

You Won't Finish This Article - 1 views

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    A study showing that most users only read headlines without actually reading the article was shown to be accurate. A satirical science news site hosted an article with the headlines "Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting". Though the story was shared over 50 thousand times, about only 40% of the time the link was clicked. This is interesting because this shows that we tend to rather comment on what we believe about a article from its headline, instead of its content.
jgonzaga17

Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds - 0 views

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    Students are unable to tell if a paid article was whether real or not. This caused students to accept what they read in front of them as fact without actual legitimate information.
Dylan Okihiro

Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion (Edutopia) - 2 views

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    To assist students in thinking "outside of the box" as well as to develop problem solving skills, it is highly beneficial for educators to implement a computer programing curriculum from as early as kindergarten. Defined as its own language, coding helps students to explore their creativity while learning the essential literacy aspects of language.
nicolehada17

The Truth About Positive Self-Talk - 3 views

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    This article defines what self-talk is, how it's important and why it's important. Self-talk is "the endless stream of unspoken thoughts than run through [our] heads". If these thoughts are more positive can offer multiple health benefits, such as increased life span and increased immunity. The article also covers the four categories of self-talk (calming/relaxing, instructional, motivational, focus) , what to say to yourself (instructional self-talk or motivational self-talk), and when to say it.
lmukaigawa17

Baby talk: Why gestures could be as important as first words - 0 views

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    When babies point their fingers in the air, there are meanings to their gestures. Pointing is an early sign of communication, before they even start talking. It's important to foster their learning by starting with their gestures and talking to them while they move. When you mirror your child, it will help them grow confidence and show them that communication is important and effective
nicolehada17

10 Surprising Benefits You'll Get From Keeping a Journal - 0 views

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    There are numerous positive effects of writing in a journal. The action of writing our thoughts, ideas and feelings benefits us in numerous aspects of our lives. One benefit of writing in a journal is that is boosts memory and comprehension. This is because there is a relationship between our hands and brains created by writing thoughts and ideas. Words are representation of ideas and the formation of letters causes the mind to compose or re-compose ideas while journaling. The second benefits is emotional, physical and psychological healing. This is because translating an experience into language makes the experience graspable and allows you to free yourself from emotional blockages and lowers anxiety, stress and induces better sleep. These are two out of ten benefits of writing in a journal that is proposed in this article.
camerondaniel17

How do Children Hear Anger? - 0 views

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    Whether a child understands its mother or not, they can understand what their mother is saying based on her emotions. This is a study pursuing this phenomenon and deciphering what impacts anger has on the child's development.
camerondaniel17

Nearly lost language discovered in Hawai'i - 0 views

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    Recently, researchers have found a new language within Hawai'i, Hawaiian sign language. It has apparently been used since the 1800's by the deaf in Hawaii. Some linguists claim that it could be the last language to be discovered in the United States.
rachelu17

Baby\'s first words based on what they see most often: Research - 0 views

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    A baby's first words usually have to do with their visual experiences. Familiar objects (e.g. shirts, the table, a spoon, bottle, etc.) can predict which words they'll learn first. This could suggest new ways to help treat autism and language deficits. There could be a correlation between visual processing problems and difficulty learning words. For example, children with autism have visual processing problems, which could explain why they have trouble communicating.
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