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remyfung19

Trump's Inaugural Address | Wordwatchers - 1 views

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    Linguists' analysis of Trump's Inaugural Address as the POTUS confirms that he actually did the writing! The speech matches his usual style of debates, interviews, etc. His style, as described by Kayla N Jordan, is intuitive, rather than analytical. Trump goes with his heart rather than his head. His Address also shows he is authentic (which doesn't necessarily mean he is true), because he uses personal words like I and me. This article includes graphs comparing Trump to all(?) past presidents in different categories.
remyfung19

Trump's speaking style still flummoxes linguists - 0 views

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    What's up with Trump's language? Kathleen Hall Jamieson says that Trump has captivated mass audiences because he does not sound like other presidents who carefully rehearse and perfect their speeches. Instead, Trump says whatever is on his mind. The format of Trump's speeches aren't so rigid either: he will switch to unrelated topics and unnecessarily repeat sentences he just said. In fact, Trump famously repeats words like "very, very" or "many, many". David Beaver points out that Trump speaks like a teleprompter, a business person rather than a politician.
jessicali19

Polite vs. Informal Speech in Korean - 1 views

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    This post is about Korean language and the two main sections of speech styles in Korea. It will help you better understand the different speaking styles in Korean and when and how to use them. The two styles of speech, 존댓말 (Polite speech) and 반말 (Informal speech), are spoken based on hierarchy since Korean culture has strong Confucian influence due to the country's history. The hierarchy is mainly based on age and social status. For example, when speaking to a teacher in school, you would speak to them with polite speech because they are older than you and know more than you. Phrases and sentences can be said in different ways depending on the style of speech used, but will still have the same meaning.
jessicali19

The Relationship between Music and Language - 1 views

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    Research studies have shown that music and language have a correlation between them to the human mind and support the close relationship between music and language functions. There is evidence that speech functions can benefit from music functions and vice versa. One is example is that phonological awareness, pivotal for reading and writing skills, is closely related to pitch awareness and musical expertise. Some research papers also discuss the relationship between tonal language expertise and musical pitch perception skills and on whether pitch-processing deficits might influence tonal language perception. Overall all, these studies provide a comprehensive summary of the current knowledge on the tight relationship between music and language functions.
Lara Cowell

The World in Words - 0 views

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    Patrick Cox, public radio journalist, is also a lover of language and podcasting. This interesting blog compiles those two passions, featuring stories about diverse aspects of language. Some recent posts: pro-Trump Internet trolling, Arabic in America, Who Says Humor Doesn't Translate.
christinekuo18

Cape Verde creole: DNA, speech data reveal history of genetic, linguistic evolution | G... - 2 views

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    This article talks about how one's genetics and one's language could possibly be connected. This study took place in Cape Verde, where people speak Kriolu, a mixture of European and African languages that formed with the trans Atlantic slave trade. Researchers recorded multiple individual's speech and compared the recordings to the individual's DNA. They found that there was a significant correlation between one's ancestry and the words they use - for example, those with more African genetic ancestry used more African derived words. While this doesn't necessarily conclude that linguistic traits are passed on like genetic traits are, it is interesting that in a language that is a mix of other languages, individuals still use more words that are derived from their ethnic backgrounds.
jarenyuen17

Low-income children missing out on language learning both at home and at school: A doub... - 0 views

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    This article talks about the disadvantage low-income children face in regards to language acquisition. Studies show that children living in low-income areas in comparison to children from a higher-income area have an inferior knowledge of language and it sets them up for the same result when they're grown. This is because the level language they hear at home is subpar and when they go to school, the schools also lack the teaching for them to receive an adequate education. They're stuck in a paradox of growing up with insufficient schooling, then unable to advance to greater educational experiences because of it.
jarenyuen17

The future of language - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    Like the title, this article talks about the future of language, but more specifically it focuses on the future of language through economics. It shares statistics showing each language and the number of native speakers. To know surprise, Chinese leads with 1.39 billion speakers. Yet, the most vastly spoken language is English. English is abundant in 101 countries around the world, almost double of the next leading language Hindu, which is spoken in a respectable 60 countries. English is the most universal language, but researchers have noticed that Hindu and Chinese are two rapidly emerging economies. So, it wouldn't be unwise to learn either of these languages to give yourself a helpful advantage in your career. For example, if you have a business meeting with foreigners who speak Chinese and know Mandarin, you are likely to be successful in your endeavors.
sarahyip17

In young bilingual children, two languages develop simultaneously but independently - 0 views

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    Children who are bilingual learn the two languages in different courses with the fluency depending on the exposure to each language. It was found that Spanish is vulnerable to being taken over by English exposure, but not vice versa.
sarahyip17

Kids Who Use Smartphones Start Talking Later - 0 views

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    It was found that kids who frequently use smartphones have delays in expressive speech. In an experiment, it was shown that for every 30 minutes of screen time, there was a 49% increased chance of speech delay. Even if parents are showing children educational videos, it's more important to have face-to-face interactions
ansonlee2017

Google Assistant will speak in four more languages this summer - 0 views

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    Google assistant (an intelligent personal assistant app developed by Google) will, starting this summer, be able to detect and respond in French, German, Brazilian-Portuguese and Japanese. And by the end of the year, the Assistant will also be able to speak Italian, Spanish and Korean. Opening the product to people who don't speak English
ansonlee2017

Linguistics Breakthrough Heralds Machine Translation for Thousands of Rare Languages - 0 views

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    Online translation services work for fewer than 100 of the world's 7,000 languages. However, now a new machine translation technique could change that by providing translations for thousands of other languages.
arasmussen17

The language set to become the most common in the world - 0 views

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    In order to fill the shortage of jobs that is to come in Australia, they may have to start learning a new language, but it may not be what you think. The new language that many think is going to be the most common language in the world is computer coding. A program called, Code Camp, has been teaching primary school students, through after school and in school classes, how to write code. They are saying that there will be a shortage of Australians skilled enough to fill these positions.
mattkop17

Computer avatars can translate written and spoken words into sign language - 0 views

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    Researchers are using computer-animation techniques, such as motion-capture, to make life-like computer avatars that can reliably and naturally translate written and spoken words into sign language, whether it's American Sign Language or that of another country. The signing avatars can also be used in apps and games to help deaf children get early exposure to language, which is critical for their cognitive development.
mattkop17

One Canberra man\'s mission to keep his native Benin language alive - 0 views

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    Kingsley Omosigho moved from Nigeria to the capital city of Australia 17 years ago. His son was born years later, and he wished to teach his son Benin, a language spoken in Nigeria. However, it was difficult to teach him, as everyone around him spoke English. So Mr. Omosigho developed a mobile app to help him learn the language.
urielsung18

Eye reading - 0 views

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    Eye contact plays a bigger role in communication than previously thought. Our pupils, which we cannot control, expands or contracts based on the attractiveness of what we're looking at. Blinking speed can also tell us something. You blink faster when talking to someone you find attractive. Too much constant eye contact can make people feel uncomfortable. A reason why children are often victims of pet attacks is that they stare too long at the animal and the animal feels threatened. The best use of eye contact is regular intervals rather than constant eye contact.
urielsung18

The oldest forms of human communication - 0 views

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    The oldest forms of communication even before languages included body language, drawings, dancing, acting, and grunting. High or low pitched grunts indicated social communication or warning signs. The ancient Egyptians were some of the first people to use symbols as a means of recording their lives or for goods and trading and eventually the symbols changed to the alphabets we use today.
arasmussen17

Know Your Language? Bengali Made Compulsory In West Bengal Schools - 0 views

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    In West Bengal, the education minister just made it mandatory for students to study three languages. He is making this compulsory in private, government, and ICSE and CBSE-affiliated schools. This request follows feedback that was received about Bengali not being offered in many schools. Now the three languages learned will consist of the mother tongue, regional language, and an international language.
ellisalang17

How Machines Learned to Speak the Human Language - 0 views

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    This article explains how machines such as "Siri" and "Echo" are able to speak the human language. "Language technologies teach themselves, via a form of pattern-matching. For speech recognition, computers are fed sound files on the one hand, and human-written transcriptions on the other. The system learns to predict which sounds should result in what transcriptions."
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