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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."
ellisalang17

U Can't Talk to Ur Professor Like This - 0 views

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    This article talks about the importance of the level of respect when it comes to a student-teacher interaction. Mark Tomforde, a math professor at the University of Houston who has been teaching for almost two decades, said that he had to draw the line when students started calling him his first name. This article goes over the fact that students should not assume that teachers will reciprocate the same language-use such as speaking casual terms like "LOL" or "SMH." Students should not be contacting teachers through text message-like emails. Students should keep in mind that professors have much more knowledge and wisdom and as their superiors, should be given a good amount of respect. This respect starts by using appropriate language when communicating and not treating them like your friend.
deanhasan17

You say potato...Distant languages sound more similar than you might expect - 0 views

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    IN ENGLISH, the object on your face that smells things is called a "nose", and, if you are generously endowed, you might describe it as "big". The prevailing belief among linguists had been that the sounds used to form those words were arbitrary. But new work by a team led by Damian Blasi, a language scientist at the University of Zurich, and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that may not be true-and that the same sounds may be used in words for the same concepts across many different languages.
deanhasan17

Hidden in plain sight: Most people don't know they know most of the grammar they know - 0 views

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    WHO can say what order should be used to list adjectives in English? Mark Forsyth, in "The Elements of Eloquence", describes it as: opinion, size, age, shape, colour, origin, material, purpose and then Noun. "So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you'll sound like a maniac." Mr Forsyth may have exaggerated how fixed adjective order is, but his little nugget is broadly true, and it has delighted people to examine something they didn't know they knew.
christopherlee17

What Influence and Effects Does Rap Music Have on Teens Today? - 0 views

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    This article addresses many parents' concerns of their kids listening to rap music. Questions that are answered in this article are questions like does rap promote violence or influence sexual behavior amongst teens. The conclusion was that rap is an art form used to express many emotions. Like all art and everything else in life, there is the good and the bad. Rap can promote violence and talk about it or it can condemn violence and propose solutions to them. The article seemed to suggest that what influenced teens actions more than rap lyrics was the social and economic factors of where the teen is growing up.
christopherlee17

Language Lessons Start in the Womb - 0 views

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    New research suggests that babies perceive sound differently depending on what language they hear growing up compared to what language they hear during the third trimester of birth. Babies prefer to listen to voices that they have heard in the womb, their mothers in particular, and enjoy listening to languages that have similar rhythms. This cancels the previous thinking that babies didn't learn phonemes until the second six months of life.
aching17

AI Might Soon Allow Us to Translate the Mysterious Dolphin Language - 0 views

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    This article explains how close we are getting to understanding Dolphin's language. They language consists of sentences, similar to ours, where the order of the words determine the meaning of the sentence. They also apparently take turn talking, as we do. So all scientists need to do now is figure out what meaning matchings each sound. This is where AI (aka. Artificial intelligence) comes in. Scientists will be using one to help figure out meanings to sounds. This will be taking place in a wildlife park south of Stockholm to Bottlenose dolphins.
aching17

Is 'the language of the law' a language? - 0 views

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    This article argues how there is a separate language of the law. This language consists of technical legal terms and it is different from ordinary language because ordinary language cannot compare to the amount of legal terms. This type of language allows for more precision by stating specifically the rules of something. This can prove that the
    Constitution was writing in the language of the law. This is because the Constitution consists of around 100 reasons why the United States shouldn't be a part of Britain.
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