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kellymurashige16

Researchers have found a major problem with 'The Little Mermaid' and other Disney movie... - 0 views

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    Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer, two linguists who have been studying the Disney princess franchise, have discovered that, in the average "modern" Disney princess movie, male characters have three times as many lines as women in Disney princess movies.

    Though Snow White has a nearly equal split, Cinderella actually features more women, and Sleeping Beauty gives almost three-fourths of the lines to women. On the other hand, The Little Mermaid has 68% of lines delivered by males, Beauty and the Beast males have 71%, Aladdin males have 90%, Pocahontas males have 76%, and Mulan males have 77%.

    Fun Fact: Frozen has two heroines, but women still have only 41% of the lines.
kellymurashige16

Saving a language, one lesson at a time - 1 views

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    Teacher Vidya Tandanki brings children ranging from 9 to 14 into her home three days a week and teaches them Telugu. Telugu, a common tongue in India, is rare to hear from the mouths of second- and third-generation Indian Americans. (Los Angeles Times)
kellymurashige16

Britain tells immigrants to learn English language or be deported - but misspells the w... - 0 views

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    In late January 2016, the British government revealed a plan to invest $28 million in English classes for immigrants. If unable to pass a language test after 36 months in Britain, immigrants will risk deportation.

    Britain's plan soon became a laughingstock after its Home Office announced a "New English langauge test for family route migrants." The Washington Post covers the criticism and the viewpoints of those who have seen the mistake - and those who have made it.
Lara Cowell

There's No Such Thing as a 'Language' - 0 views

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    The realities of speech are much more complicated than the words used to describe it. What's the difference between a language and a dialect? Linguist John McWhorter contemplates the distinction.
Lara Cowell

Sorry, Grammar Nerds: the Singular 'They' Has Been Declared Word of the Year - 0 views

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    Singular "they," the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.

    In a landslide vote, the language experts chose singular they over "thanks, Obama," ammosexual, "on fleek," and other contenders for this annual award given to the most significant term or word in the past year.

    Singular they, which The Washington Post officially adopted in its Style guide in 2015, is already a common habit in American speech. An example: "Everyone wants their cat to succeed."

    Earlier, the so-called proper way to say it would have been, "Everyone wants his or her cat to succeed."But what gave this word new prominence was its usefulness as a way to refer to people who don't want to be called "he" or "she."

    "We know about singular they already - we use it everyday without thinking about it, so this is bringing it to the fore in a more conscious way, and also playing into emerging ideas about gender identity," said linguist Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who presided over the voting this Friday afternoon.
Lara Cowell

The Incredible Thing We Do During Conversations - 0 views

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    When we take turns speaking, we chime in after a culturally universal short gap: 200 milliseconds. Research also indicates the rapidity with which typical humans, even chronic interrupters, seem to pick up on key elements of their conversational partner's speech in order to formulate an appropriate and timely response.
Lara Cowell

How Stories Deceive - The New Yorker - 0 views

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    Narratives powerfully persuade humans; pathos can outweigh logos to create believability.
jerrietorres16

What if ... We learn to talk to animals? - 0 views

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    Reaching for the right words (Image: Jean-Luc Chapin/Agence VU/Camera Press) LAST month, a New York court ruled that Hercules and Leo, two research chimps at Stony Brook University, had no right to legal personhood. But the fact that such a case made it through the courts at all shows our new willingness to consider the issue of personhood for other species.
johnkim16

The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of - 0 views

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    "Computer" language is increasingly evolving to become the newest, popular language. Languages like "C" and "Java" are becoming well known.
jerrietorres16

How would the world be different if music never existed? - 0 views

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    Well, music is not a coincidence. Its a basic feature of life itself. Humans didn't essentially invent music. We just re-discovered it and formulated it acco...
jeremyliu

Linguistics researcher uses pop music to teach vocabulary - 0 views

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    A language teacher began research on pop music and learning after seeing how her students had a remarkable aptitude to memorize song lyrics. The study investigates the mnemonic values of songs and learning.
jeremyliu

'Never was so much owed by so many to so few': Could phrases like this hold clues about... - 0 views

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    This research project looks into a certain sentence structure that appears in most Germanic languages, the Verb Second constraint. This kind of homologous structure may hold clues about whether universal grammar really exists.
clarissaheart16

The Effects of Speech and Language Disorders on Literacy and Writing - 0 views

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    Which speech and language disorders affect literacy and writing, and how they affect the development of languages.
clarissaheart16

Cultural Effects of Writing Indigenous Languages - 0 views

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    An excerpt examining the effect of writing indigenous languages to revive and revitalize them.
ddimartino17

First language wires brain for later language-learning - 0 views

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    This article states that even brief, early exposure to a language influences how the brain processes sounds from a second language later in life- even when the first language learned is no longer spoken
ddimartino17

Neighborhoods influence use of African American Vernacular English, Stanford research s... - 0 views

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    This article talks about how the usage of African American Vernacular English, or AAVE can be influenced based on location. This "bidialectal competence - the ability to speak two different dialects - potentially makes them less subject to dialect discrimination on both educational and economic fronts." This is due to AAVE being commonly associated with being of lower class or intelligence.
mcomerford16

Can A Dog Reach A Toddler's Level of Language Acquisition? - 0 views

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    An article that discusses how much dogs are able to understand human language, and why their understanding is limited.
mcomerford16

Social networking sites to help you learn a new language - 0 views

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    Learning a new language used to mean having to sit down with a book or attend a class, or if you were technologically advanced, listen to a language tape. Learning a new language now, however, is much more diverse with online language courses and even social networking sites dedicated to language learning, which seems like a great idea, because social media networking sites are becoming more and more popular.
mcomerford16

Social networking sites to help you learn a new language - 1 views

Learning a new language used to mean having to sit down with a book or attend a class, or if you were technologically advanced, listen to a language tape. Learning a new language now, however, is m...

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jericknomura17

Does color affect memory - 1 views

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    this article talks about how the color of text affects your memory of the words/ comprehension.
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