Language

Babies retain knowledge of their birth language even if they never speak it

The learning capacity of infants is a source of constant amazement. We know that babies are already developing language recognition abilities while …

Language Learning

Britons 'should learn Polish, Punjabi and Urdu to boost social cohesion'

Learning community languages would aid integration, boost people’s wellbeing and be good for economy, says Cambridge academic<p>The government is being urged to create more opportunities for British people to learn languages such as Polish, Urdu and Punjabi as a means of improving social cohesion in …

Linguistics

What your emojis say about you

(CNN)Whether you like it or not, cartoon faces, stomping flamenco dancers and applauding hands have now entered your social life, albeit digitally.<p>While they once may have been novel or cute, the sea of emojis now available to you across digital platforms are the perfect punctuation to express your …

Linguistics

Supporting Bilingual Children With Special Education Needs

<i>Interview conducted by François Grosjean</i><p>One of the longest-lasting myths concerning bilingualism is that children with developmental disabilities …

Language Learning

Could Learning Foreign Language Heal The Divides Of 2016?

That Dictionary.com chose 'xenophobia' as its word of the year actually came as a relief to me. I was worried they would pick 'Brexit', and my view on the word 'Brexit' is on record. (Spoiler alert: I don't like it.) But even though it could have been worse, the world has to be in a pretty terrible …

Linguistics

Mandarin Makes You More Musical?

<i>Summary: Researchers report tone language experience is associated with advanced musical pitch processing in children.</i><p>Source: UCSD.<p><b>Mandarin makes you</b> …

Life Sciences

Trump's redundant, 'post-literate' way of speaking is changing our language

By May 1945, Nazi Germany lay in ruins. Church domes succumbed to firestorms.<p>The megalomaniacal designs of Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler’s court architect, caved in under the onslaught of aerial bombs and mortar shells. On this lunar landscape, one period edifice endured: Nazi language.<p>In his 1947 …

Democracy

10 Fascinating Facts About The Thesaurus

Writers often turn to a thesaurus to diversify their vocabulary and add nuance to their prose. But looking up synonyms and antonyms in a thesaurus …

Linguistics

Learning a New Language at Age 40+

<b>You Can Do It!</b><p>What do you call someone who speaks three languages? <i>Trilingual</i><p>How about two languages? <i>Bilingual</i><p>Just one? <i>American</i><p>This old joke has more …

Language Learning

Why making languages non-compulsory at GCSE is a step backwards

I am nervous as I take my seat in front of the Head of Languages; it is GCSE choices evening and the school gym has been transformed, criss-crossed by rows of tables and chairs with eager parents and their offspring gathered around harried-looking teachers.<p>“I'd like to do Triple Language,” I say, …

Language Learning

Whether our speech is fast or slow, we say about the same

The purpose of speech is communication, not speed — so perhaps some new research findings, while counterintuitive, should come as no surprise. …

Linguistics

Mein Gott! Watch Tom Brady mangle the German language.

Tom Brady can do a lot of things, but can he speak German? Uh, <i>nein</i>.<p>The Patriots quarterback was a guest on the latest installment of his teammate Sebastian Vollmer’s occasional series of videos, “Sea Bass’ School of Football.” In the videos, the offensive lineman, who was born and raised in …

Linguistics

If You Tend To Swear a Lot, You Are More Honest, Science Says So

Are you offended by people who use profanities? They may be more honest than others, say scientists who found that those who frequently swear are …

Linguistics

Over a Beer: What Is “Enduro”? Language in Flux.

<i>Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed</i> …

Mountain Biking

Common Myths About Sign Language

Carola writes about health, parenting, childhood trauma, disabilities, and social issues. She manages a news website about disabilities.<p>Joined: 3 …

Linguistics

Language Learning Through Immersion - How Do Children Cope?

For a variety of reasons, my family is currently in Merida, Mexico and our small kids (two and four) are in a local school where they are expected to learn and play in Spanish. Below, I document our journey from monolingual children to being in a position where we feel secure enough to leave our …

Language Learning

Now Available in 15 Languages!

Drum roll please…<p>The latest Tinkercad update is live and we are so excited to let you know that in addition to English, Tinkercad is now available in …

Linguistics

The Characteristics of Deaf Culture

Joined: 3 years agoFollowers: 299Articles: 157<p>I have worked for several agencies serving the deaf and hard of hearing for many years. At times I was …

Linguistics

Learning a foreign language and preserving endangered ones

<b>Hour 2</b><b>Guests: Rosemary Feal, Ellen Bialystok, David Harrison</b>Americans are losing their foreign language fluency. Fewer of us speak a second language …

Language Learning

Parents plan to sue province over lack of a French-language high school

A brewing legal battle could see parents pitted against the province over the lack of a French-language high school in their …

Linguistics

HinKhoj English to Hindi Dictionary app on Android (Google Play)

English Hindi Dictionary<p>Hinkhoj Infolabs LLP (Updated Aug 15, 2015)<br>90,00,000 Downloads<p>4.3 154,000+ reviews<p>Size 6.6 MB<br>Works with: Android 2.3 and</b> …

Linguistics

Hands speak: Turkish rappers create fusion between hip hop and sign language

<b>ISTANBUL, Turkey</b> - Renowned Turkish rapper Fuat Ergin and his longtime friend, electronic arts producer Erdem Dilbaz, had long contemplated the …

Linguistics

Hindi Learning Game... Take One

You know the saying about how the journey is part of the gift? Well, I’ve been trying to use that philosophy to teach my kids Hindi.<p>My mom forced my …

Linguistics

All About Prepositional Phrases

Prepositional phrases are the kinds of things you use all the time without thinking about them. They’re groups of words that begin with a preposition …

Justin Trudeau's language blunder in Sherbrooke could have political fallout

CBC's Nancy Wood puzzles over how prime minister could have been so insensitive to Anglo constituents<p>Justin Trudeau's town hall meeting in Sherbrooke …

Linguistics

Brooklyn Beet Company - Brooklyn

<b>I</b><p><b>Delicata Squash Soup</b> aromatic fall herbs, crisped beet skins<p>6.00<p><b>Stuffed Medjool Dates</b> baked dates stuffed with gorgonzola, wrapped in …

Etymology

The dossiers you don't know about

<b>Let’s assume your doctor</b> has not gone totally electronic. If you walked into the doctor’s office and, behind the receptionist, saw a cabinet …

Linguistics

11 words whose meanings have completely changed over time

Occasionally you will encounter someone with an etymological axe to grind. They insist that a certain word has to mean just what it meant hundreds of …

Linguistics

Italian is under assault from rising number of Anglicisms, sloppy use of verbs and shrinking vocabulary, guardians of the language warn

The Italian language is under assault from a growing tide of English words, the abandoning of verb tenses and a shrinking vocabulary, and could be driven to extinction altogether, the head of the country’s most illustrious language institute has warned.<p>The language of Dante and Petrarch is becoming …

UK News

Want to learn Arabic, Korean or Swahili? Refugee language tutors can help

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As university students mill around a bright and airy study hall in London, Eiad Zinah converses in his native language Arabic with a female student from Germany.<p>It is the first time the pair have met for a language tuition session - and it is the Syrian refugee …

Linguistics