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Lara Cowell

Scientific Babel : Why English rules - 0 views

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    English is now the language we all use to communicate science. But while it may feel inevitable, the domination of English is very recent and may be down to geopolitics and other accidents, argues Michael Gordin's book, _Scientific Babel_.
tainoathompson16

A Human Language Gene Changes the Sound of Mouse Squeaks - 0 views

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    Scientists have implemented the human gene deemed responsible for our ability to communicate into a strain of mice. This could be the first step towards having talking animals someday, and it also allows us to understand more about how genetics affect language.
amywestphalen15

WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies - 0 views

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    Learn a new language while you instant message!
dsobol15

JSTOR Critical Period - 0 views

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    Abstract: The critical period hypothesis holds that first language acquisition must occur before cerebral lateralization is complete, at about the age of puberty. One prediction of this hypothesis is that second language acquisition will be relatively fast, successful, and qualitatively similar to first language only if it occurs before the age of puberty.
dsobol15

Persuasive Discourse Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury - 0 views

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    Considering the cognitive and linguistic complexity of discourse production, it is expected that individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) should face difficulties in this task. Therefore, clinical examination of discourse has become a useful tool for studying and assessment of communication skills of people suffering from TBI.
srafto16

The Rise of Emoji on Instagram Is Causing Language Repercussions - 0 views

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    The increasing use of emojis is causing a drop in English slang and is slowing become a new language.
kailanamilne15

How the language you speak changes your view of the world - 0 views

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    The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible.
srafto16

Language Shapes Thoughts-and Storm Preparations - 0 views

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    Our words shape the way we perceive, describe, and remember things.
saituimoeai15

Power of Words - Dr. Maya Angelou - 0 views

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    This powerful video explains the what honor it is to have words. How we use our words in our lives should mean something and should be used for good.
saituimoeai15

The Power of Words - 0 views

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    This is a great video I thought I would share. It represents the power of words and how amazing language can turn the hearts of men.
Zachary Soenksen

Think your world view is fixed? Learn another language and you'll think differently | P... - 0 views

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    New research shows that bilingualists can view the world in different ways depending on the language they are operating in.
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    Modern German language sounds very disparate in comparison to modern English. New research finds that your language determines your literal perspective of the world due to its grammar.
Lara Cowell

Walt Whitman, "Slang in America" - 0 views

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    The father of modern American poetry, Walt Whitman, celebrates the importance of slang: "...perhaps Language is more like some vast living body, or perennial body of bodies. And slang...is afterward the start of fancy, imagination and humor, breathing into its nostrils the breath of life.
amywestphalen15

The world's languages, in 7 maps and charts - 0 views

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    These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages. 1. Some continents have more languages than others Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages.
jamelynmau16

How the brain listens to literature - 0 views

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    When we listen to stories, we immerse ourselves into the situations described and empathize with the feelings of the characters. Only recently has it become possible to find out how exactly this process works in the brain. Scientists have now succeeded using an fMRI scanner to measure how people listen to a literary story.
abae15

A Plea For Linguistic Tolerance - 0 views

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    The English language is not sick. It is not even afflicted with a head cold, much less languishing on its deathbed. Nor is it under attack: there are no nefarious forces conspiring to change it from an eloquent tongue to a series of grunt and emoticons.
abae15

Scientists Reveal Secrets Behind Hip Hop's Most Complicated Rhymes - 0 views

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    After analyzing the music of some of hip hop's biggest artists, from Eminem to Public Enemy, linguists at the University of Manchester in England noticed something pretty impressive. As it turns out, Grammy Award-winning rappers seem to have an intuitive sense for rhyme, using subtle rhyming patterns called half-rhymes (like "hop and "rock") much more often than traditional rhymes (like "cat" and "mat").
Lara Cowell

Sex-Based Differences in Compliment Behavior - 0 views

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    Sex-based differences in the form of English compliments and in the frequencies
    of various compliment response types are discussed. Based on
    a corpus of I,062 compliment events, several differences in the form of
    compliments used by women and men are noted. Further, it is found
    that compliments from men are generally accepted, especially by female
    recipients, whereas compliments from women are met with a response
    type other than acceptance.
caitlingreen15

Languages Are Going Extinct Even Faster Than Species Are - 0 views

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    Languages are now dying off faster than animal species, at a rate of losing a world language every two weeks. Researchers have discovered that the primary threat to endangered languages is economic development. It is now considered a global phenomenon.
caitlingreen15

New Jersey is Right to Require World Language Instruction - 0 views

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    New Jersey now requires it's students to learn a foreign language. They are starting instruction at a younger age, in the hopes of having it be more effective. The state is basing it's decision on studies that show acquiring more than one language boosts brain function in children, and leads to success in standardized tests. They are also hoping to end a shortage of bilinguals needed in the workforce.
nicktortora16

Study Shows That People Who Speak Two Languages Have More Efficient Brains - 0 views

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    Studies have proven that bilinguals are better at ignoring unnecessary words in a sentence. Since bilingual people are constantly sorting through one language and the other and picking which one to use and which one to ignore their brain is stimulated more than monolingual people. The monologuists' brains light up more than the bilinguals' brain in an fMRI scan. Researches said that this ment that the monologuists' brain had to work harder to do the same thing as the bilinguals.
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