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After mass protests, Iran bans English in schools to fight Western 'cultural invasion'

Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary school classrooms.<p>The announcement follows claims by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that early learning of the language paves the way for "cultural invasion" of Western values. The government's decision comes shortly after a week of …

Protest

British girls school adopts gender-neutral terms for pupils: ‘Welcome to the culture wars’

A British school in operation for more than 100 years has adopted gender-neutral language as a safeguard against “misgendering” pupils.<p>Altrincham …

France’s Ongoing Quest to Crush English Loanwords

Saying “adieu” to “le smartphone.”<p>The French language police tend not to shoot from the hip. Instead, these guardians of the Gallic tongue will …

Language

The Incredible Thing We Do During Conversations

When we take turns speaking, we chime in after a culturally universal short gap.<p>One of the greatest human skills becomes evident during conversations. It’s there, not in what we say but in what we don’t. It’s there in the pauses, the silences, the gaps between the end of my words and the start of …

Police speak less respectfully to black drivers, study suggests

<b>(CNN) —</b> A succession of high-profile police shootings and racial tensions swept the United States last summer. One year later, researchers are still trying to better understand the delicate relationship between police and the communities they patrol.<p>Now, instead of focusing on police use of force, …

Justice

Do you want fries with that? Data shows Americanization of English is rising

A new study documents the speed at which American English has stretched around the globe – and its influence is even felt within the UK<p>The influence of American English has become so widespread that its reach is even felt within the UK. Perhaps that cultural shift is no surprise, as a new study …

Language

Professional translators aren't worried about Google's language-translating headphones

In Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" series, a Babel Fish is a small yellow fish that will automatically translate any language in the universe for you if you shove it in your ear.<p>In the real world, of course, that's the job of interpreters and translators — tasked with the job of …

Language

The alt-right is creating its own dialect. Here’s the dictionary

Vocabulary pop quiz. Define the following words: “hypergamy,” “femoids,” “meeks.” If you got all of those right, you’re on your way to becoming fluent in alt-right.<p>No political movement has created an internet dialect with the speed and scale of the alt-right. Comprised of conspiracy theorists, …

Alt-Right

Children losing the ability to hold a conversation because of technology, Wimpy Kid author says

Children are losing the ability to hold a conversation because of their use of technology, the best-selling author of the Wimpy Kid series has said.<p>Jeff Kinney, who created the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, warned children are not being "fully socialised".<p>The American author has sold over 150 million …

Books

New Zealand broadcasters refuse to stop using Māori words

Presenters defiant as hundreds of listeners say use of Te Reo on radio and television excludes those who don’t speak the language<p>High-profile New Zealand media personalities are refusing to back down from using Māori words in their prime-time broadcasting, despite hundreds of complaints from …

Language

Science Says These 23 Words are the Oldest in the World | Inc.com

Not a lot of things last over a thousand years; even fewer last over 10,000.<p>Yet a British research team has put together a list of what they called "ultraconserved words," or words that have remained basically unchanged for a stunning 15,000 years.<p>The researchers say this is because they all …

Language

Computers are getting better than humans at reading

The robots are coming, and they can read.<p>Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.<p>"This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement …

Artificial Intelligence

India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …

India

NBC’s refusal to say PyeongChang correctly sends a clear—and ugly—message

If you’re in the US watching the Olympics on NBC, chances are, you’re saying PyeongChang wrong. Both the way the name has been written in Roman script and the way that the TV network has persisted in pronouncing it on air would lead you to believe that the final syllable rhymes with “twang.”<p>It does …

The enduring whiteness of the American media

Over the course of 2014, America seemed to reawaken to one of its oldest preoccupations: the reality of how race is lived in the United States, and in particular the many stark disparities that persist between black and white people.<p>The continued existence of racial inequality in the United States …

Journalism

Teaching White Students Showed Me The Difference Between Power and Privilege

Southern black boys like me were more likely to end up incarcerated than working beside white faculty at so-called elite liberal arts colleges.<p><b>The day I met</b> Brown Sanders, he asked if I could help him get rehired at a job he lost for being black, poor, scared, and desperate. I was a 26-year-old …

Hudson Valley

I’m a black man who moved to the Deep South. Here’s what it’s teaching me about race.

The South represents slavery and bigotry. Living here has emboldened me like nowhere else I've been before.<p>I almost swerved off the road the first time I saw cotton in full bloom.<p>I had seen the dull green cotton plants crawling toward the sky through the summer months. Then, practically overnight, …

Inside the Fight to Save the World’s Dying Languages

The world’s languages are disappearing at an unparalleled rate—but the Endangered Language Alliance will not let them expire quietly.<p>Kaji Sherpa …

Linguistics

Ad of the Day: Cristiano Ronaldo Swaps Lives With a Kid in Nike’s Epic Euro 2016 Film

The only way England will produce its own Cristiano Ronaldo is if the Portuguese superstar accidentally crashes into a young British fan at a game …

Mobile Game Roundup: Build Away, AlphaPit and More

If you’re looking for a new mobile game to try this weekend, there are lots of new options for you to try, including Independence Day: …

As World of Tanks Blitz Turns 2, Wargaming Reveals What’s Next (Interview)

World of Tanks Blitz turns two years old this month, and to celebrate, Wargaming released a new update for the tank battle game, introducing seasonal …

The Crazy, Lopsided Math of Campaign 2016's Ad Spending So Far

The Ad Age Presidential Campaign Ad Scorecard is sponsored by The Trade Desk<p><i>Editor's note: Here's the 17th installment of the 2016 Presidential</i> …

NYC Launches U.S.’s First Public-Funded Ads Supporting Gender Identity Bathroom Use

New York City finds no shortage of reasons to pat itself on the back, but the city's groundbreaking ad campaign for transgender bathroom rights …

Why Facebook’s Moments Is the No. 1 Free App on the iTunes App Store

Facebook’s stand-alone Moments application, which was received tepidly, at best, suddenly found itself at No. 1 Friday on the iTunes App Store list …

The top 50 brands that cool teenage girls love

Goldman Sachs and Teen Vogue picked out young women ages 13-29 that they defined as fashion forward, and polled these select girls in the fall to find out which brands they love the most.<p>These "It Girls," according to the study, obviously have discerning taste in brands.<p>Based on the survey results, …

Michael Kors

‘The Voice’ Finalist and YouTube Star Christina Grimmie Murdered After Concert

Orlando police believe a deranged fan may have been behind the brazen murder of rising music star Christina Grimmie who was a finalist on NBC's The …

Media coverage of female campaign representatives in the EU referendum: Not seen and not heard - Dr. Emily Harmer, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University

<b>Dr. Emily Harmer is a lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at the Centre for Research Communication and Culture in the Social Sciences</b> …

These 15 Billionaires Own America's News Media Companies

News that billionaire Peter Thiel is funding Hulk Hogan’s trial against news website Gawker set the media and technology worlds on fire last week, sparking a conversation about the ultra-wealthy’s role in controlling the news. While a billionaire secretly funding a lawsuit to take down a news …

Media Industry

The New News on Print Media Transformation

Digital technology is no longer the disruptive force in print media—it is the driving force that shapes content creation and distribution. The …

Innovation

Liz Wahl discusses media bias, Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CLOSE<p>Liz Wahl, a former Russia Today news anchor who quit on air for ethical reasons visited UCF for a discussion on media bias and her documentary …