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Lara Cowell

Is Rushdie right about rote learning? (On the lost art of poetry memorization) - 0 views

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    What can you recite by heart? Your times tables? German verb formations? The Lord's Prayer? Novelist Salman Rushdie thinks it should be poetry. Speaking at the Hay Festival, the writer described memorising poems as a "lost art" that "enriches your relationship with language". David Whitley, a lecturer at Cambridge University, Whitely, whose Poetry and Memory project surveyed almost 500 people, says: "Those who memorised poems had a more personal relationship [with the poem] - they loved it for the sound and meaning, but it also connected with their life currents - people they loved, or a time that was important to them.

    "For people who memorise a poem, it becomes a living thing that they connect with - more so than when it is on a page. Learning by heart is often positioned as the opposite of analysis. But for many people who know a number of poems, their understanding grows over time and changes."

    Psychotherapist Philippa Perry agrees. She points out that memorising anything, from poems to music, means you always have it with you. She thinks that memorising poems can also be good for the health of our brains. "The way we 'grow' our brains is that we make connections between our brain cells - neural pathways. The more you exercise that network, the more you strengthen it. If you learn things by heart, you get better at it."
ryansasser17

11 Weird Words You Should Be Using - 0 views

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    The dictionary is filled with strange and wonderful words that are scandalously underused. Open at any page and you're likely to find a gem glistening in the corner, whether it's gongoozle (to stare idly at a watercourse and do nothing) or zwodder (a feeling of drowsiness).
ryansasser17

Trimathlon Palindromes - 0 views

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    palindrome-a phrase that reads the same forward or backward.

    Discover the mathematical properties of an interesting phrase.
aledesma16

When Your Punctuation Says It All (!) - 0 views

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    Of course, had she inserted too many marks, that may have been a problem, too, as there is suddenly a very fine line between appearing overeager (too much punctuation) and dismissive (not enough). Even the period, once the most benign of the punctuation spectrum, now feels aggressive.
khoo16

Women Get Interrupted More-Even By Other Women - 0 views

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    The idea that men and women use language differently is conventional wisdom-appearing everywhere from Cosmo and Glamour to The Journal of Psychology and Anthropological Linguistics. Recent research, though, suggests that the most important variable is not the sex of the person doing the talking, but that of the person being spoken to.
Arthur Johnston

Hillary Clinton's winning body language (Opinion) - 1 views

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    Hillary CLinton's change in body language has played an important role in her turnaround. That's something that women notice more than men. But, as research shows, men as well as women make split-second, and often long-lasting, judgments about others based on how they carry themselves -- before even hearing them speak.
haleighcreedon16

Music may help babies learn language skills | The Japan Times - 0 views

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    Babies who engage in musical play may have an easier time picking up language skills, a recent study says. U.S. researchers compared 9-month-old babies who played with toys and trucks to those who practiced banging out a rhythm during a series of play sessions.
haleighcreedon16

Trump's Coded Language & Blame Game Should Not Distract Us From Gun Tragedy - 0 views

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    The New York Times ran a sobering cover story today on the epidemic of gun violence in the nation titled "A Drumbeat of Multiple Shootings, but America Isn't Listening". In the piece, journalists analyzed 358 armed encounters across the country where four or more people were killed or wounded - and the results were staggering.
dallonat16

Merriam-Webster's new words are a lackluster bunch - 1 views

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    Clearly I am in a judgmental phase. When I saw this year's list of words that Merriam-Webster Unabridged has added to its pages, I groaned with dismay a few times. Normally I love learning new words, and I hadn't known a lot of these words, but some seemed pointless.
khoo16

'It'll Never Stop!' Linguistics Scholar Warns of Great Emoji Flood - 1 views

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    Michael Everson, a linguist living in Ireland, is responsible for helping the literary history of the human species survive in the digital age. He is also responsible for helping you give somebody the finger through your iPhone.
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    Michael Everson, a linguist living in Ireland, is responsible for helping the literary history of the human species survive in the digital age. He is also responsible for helping you give somebody the finger through your iPhone.
DONOVAN BROWN

How do dolphins communicate? - 0 views

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    Animals too rely on structured communication systems to help transmit information. In fact, the ability to communicate information is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom : all life on this planet is able to communicate, both with other individuals of the same species, and with individuals of different species.
DONOVAN BROWN

How Animals Communicate: The Lana Project And The Language Of Primates - 0 views

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    How do animals communicate with each other? A look at the Lana project, Washoe, a comparison with human communication and evaluation of research.
ablume17

Simple Number, Complex Impact: How Many Words Has A Child Heard? - 0 views

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    Suskind conducted close to 200 surgeries to install cochlear implants in the ears of children, to help them hear. Over the years, she came to see first-hand, in the operating room and X-rays, that hearing words vitalizes the brains of infants.
Michael Deci

Patterns of resting-state brain rhythms may predict subsequent language learning rate - 0 views

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    Some adults learn a second language better than others, and their secret may involve the rhythms of activity in their brains. New findings by scientists at the University of Washington demonstrate that a five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults learned a second language.
haliamash16

Music may help babies learn speech - 1 views

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    Babies who engage in musical play may have an easier time picking up language skills, suggests a new study that is the first in young babies to examine differences in brain regions involved in detecting sound patterns.
haliamash16

Do we judge distance based on how a word sounds? - 0 views

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    Marketers and brand managers responsible for naming new products should be interested to learn that people associate certain sounds with nearness and others with distance, say researchers from the University of Toronto, whose new study adds to the body of knowledge about symbolic sound.
Michael Deci

Short-term language learning aids mental agility, study suggests: Mental agility can be... - 0 views

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    Mental agility can be boosted by even a short period of learning a language, a study suggests. Tests carried out on students of all ages suggest that acquiring a new language improves a person's attention, after only a week of study. Researchers also found that these benefits could be maintained with regular practice.
haliamash16

In-Ear Device Translates Languages in Real Time - 0 views

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    This tiny device fits inside the ear and promises to translate for two people in real time. "The Pilot" is a wearable device for two people that translates in real time as they speak, right into each person's ear.
keeganloo16

Noam Chomsky on the unsolved mysteries of language and the brain - 0 views

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    Noam Chomsky speculates on some of the mysteries surrounding language and why some will never be solved.
baileywilson17

Do You Speak Singlish? - 0 views

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    SINGAPORE - Is the government's war on Singlish finally over? Our wacky, singsong creole may seem like the poor cousin to the island's four official languages, but years of state efforts to quash it have only made it flourish. Now even politicians and officials are using it.
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