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Mommy Turn: Meryl Streep’s ‘August: Osage County’

“Everything in my body didn‘t want to do it,” Meryl Streep says of her role as the booze- and pill-addled “August: Osage County” matriarch. “I really …

Harvard University Press Blog

Last week the internet caught fire with a bit of love for language, as it is blessedly wont to do. The spark this time was a collection of North …

The Wu-Tang Clan sign language interpreter: How Holly Maniatty learned to sign for rappers.

When Killer Mike took the stage last week at the Bonnaroo music festival, he spotted amid the crowd a white woman rapping along to his lyrics, …

8 Things That Can Make You Smarter

<i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Annie Murphy Paul<p><b>'The science of learning' sheds new light on ways to keep expanding intelligence</b><p>In “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” the poet Wallace Stevens takes something familiar -- an ordinary blackbird -- and by looking at it from many different …

A linguistic dissection of 7 annoying teenage sounds

The next time you find yourself wondering about the highest use of linguistics, or enduring the insulting grunts and groans of petulant adolescents …

Developed By Literacy Experts, Learn With Homer Launches On The iPad To Change How Kids Learn To Read

Stephanie Dua spent the last ten years pushing for educational reform, first as the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools under former Chancellor of New York’s Department of Education, Joel Klein, and Caroline Kennedy, before becoming senior advisor to David Coleman at Student Achievement Partners …

Portable Brain-Scan Headsets: 4 Incredible Applications

New technology is moving brain research outside the lab and into the real world.<p><b>Our brain controls what we think, feel, and do, but scientists have a limited capability to watch it at work outside the lab. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tan Le hopes to change that while, in the process,</b> …

The Rise and Fall of Katharine Hepburn's Fake Accent

When Hollywood turned to talkies, it created a not-quite-British, not-quite-American style of speaking that has all but disappeared.<p>"Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By,'" purrs a moon-faced Ingrid Bergman in the now-famous scene from 1942's <i>Casablanca</i>. Staccato t's and accordion-stretched a's lend …

Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be 'Fixed'

Hearing people often assume that Deaf people would naturally want to take advantage of any method that could lead them to the hearing world. In reality, that assumption is far from true.<p>When the police showed up, there were maybe 50 protesters, most of them Deaf, outside the Omni Hotel in downtown …

Do you use “so” to manage conversations?

Over the last few years, lovers of language have casually observed an increase in speakers beginning sentences with the word <i>so</i>. What are some new …

Language

Does Language Shape What We See?

At this very moment, your eyes and brain are performing an astounding series of coordinated operations.<p>Light rays from the screen are hitting your retina, the sheet of light-sensitive cells that lines the back wall of each of your eyes. Those cells, in turn, are converting light into electrical …

Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating, and Smoking Habits?

An absurd-sounding claim leads to a surprising finding<p>Yes, I know. That headline. It looks like the most egregious form of causal inference. Americans don't save money because of ... our grammar? How utterly absurd. But bear with me.<p>In the 1930s, linguists proposed that the way we read, write, and …

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Machine language: how Siri found its voice

GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta. A recording studio specializing in voice-over work, it produces narration for corporate training videos, voicemail system prompts, and the like — not exactly sexy stuff, but steady, and for the best …

Chomsky’s “Universal Grammar” is incomplete

<b>(Reuters/Jorge Dan)</b><p>Design constraints, rather than an innate knowledge of grammar, may explain similarities across languages<p>Joshua K. Hartshorne<p>September 21, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>There are two striking features of language that any scientific …

How to Hear Sign Language

Microsoft uses Kinect technology to turn gestures into text, and text into speech.<p>The most significant barrier between the deaf and the hearing is, generally, language. Signs and speech use different methods to express themselves; that divide alone makes the everyday translation of sign-to-speech, …

Speaking a second language delays dementias, even in the illiterate, study finds

There’s more evidence that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia later in life — this time in a population where even illiterate people reaped the benefits of being bilingual.<p>Conducted in Hyderabad, India, the largest study of its kind so far found that speaking two languages …

Dementia

Your body language may shape who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" — …

Say What? Your Voice Tells People How Tall You Are

Sounds produced in the lower airways may clue listeners in to your height.<p><b>Talk about a cool finding: You can tell the relative heights of others just by the sound of their voices, according to new research.</b><p>Past experiments have also suggested that people can discern height from voice. The new …

Intact But Less Accessible Phonetic Representations in Adults with Dyslexia

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5 Keys to Great Nonverbal Communication

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Clear and effective communication is essential during presentations, whether for board rooms full of executives, auditoriums at conferences, or classrooms full of students.<p>Verbal information is vital, but how we present that information can determine how …

Public Speaking

Millions of American Students Need to Learn English

But only a fraction of teachers have received training to help English language learners.<p>More than 5.3 million American public school students would struggle to understand this sentence.<p>Speaking at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar, held in May at Stanford University, Gandara …

You’re Saying It Wrong

The implacable pedantry of the word police<p>In August, the outcry began. “Have we literally broken the English language?” asked The Guardian. The Web site io9 announced “literally the greatest lexicographical travesty of our time,” while The Week bemoaned “the most unforgivable thing dictionaries …

The State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities (ASL)

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