English language exit talk was only banter, says EU's Juncker

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was only joking when he said the English language was on the way out in Europe due to Brexit, he said on Friday.<p>"Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe," Juncker told a conference in Florence in May, speaking …

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The Language Detectives

On a Dallas-bound flight in1979, Roger Shuy, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, struck up a conversation about his work with a …


The death of languages

Endangered languages have sentimental value, it's true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them?<i>By Rebecca Roache</i>Read at Aeon


Sinitic is a group of languages, not a single language

Pro-Cantonese sign in Hong Kong: <br>A man holds a sign professing his love for Cantonese as he attends a Hong Kong rally in 2010 against mainland …


Evolutionary biology can help us understand how language works

As a linguist I dread the question, “what do you do?”, because when I answer “I’m a linguist” the inevitable follow-up question is: “How many …

Evolutionary Biology

NSW introduces nation's first laws to recognise and revive Indigenous languages

An Australian parliament has moved to recognise and revive Indigenous languages for the first time in the nation's history.<p>Hundreds gathered outside …


The English Language in the Philippines

"Do Filipinos speak English?"<p>That question showed up in an email from an American journalist writing about the aftermath of the typhoon that …


The language you speak can affect the way you see colour

Business Insider spoke to writer, lecturer, and colour expert Gavin Evans about languages' impact on colour and how it affects our perception of it.<p>Read the full transcript below:<p><i>"There are several cultures in the world, including the Ancient Greeks, that did not have a word for the colour blue. In</i> …


Why Italy is racing to save the game of bocce

In the bars of small-town Italy, ageing bocce players are keeping the country's local dialects alive.<p>“Piia na cadreia e setat su a vardà.” Battista Valenti greeted me, but I didn’t understand a word he was saying. His Italian was harsher than what I’m used to; he stretched his syllables, which …


How to tell if someone is lying, according to a body language expert

You might have suspected it for days, maybe even weeks, but how can you tell for sure whether your partner is lying to you?<p>Deceitful spouses might …

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How the people of Wales became Welsh

Britain in the early Middle Ages was very different to the country it is now. Rather than England, Scotland and Wales, the island consisted of …


Bilingual Cortical Control of Between- and Within-Language Competition

1. Wan CY, Schlaug G. Music making as a tool for promoting brain plasticity across the life span. Neurosci. 2010;16:566–577. [PMC free article] …


The Truth Behind the Spanish Lisp

What is it?<p>You might have noticed that in Spain, people tend to say gracias by softly lisping the c (sounds like ‘gra<b>th</b>ias’ or ‘Bar<b>th</b>elona’) while in …

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How European languages got words like 'pea' - Futurity

New research identifies the origin of certain words, like "sturgeon, shrimp, pea, bean, and turnip," that don't arise from Proto-Indo-European.


Shocking discovery about the evolution of language challenges the theory of universal grammar

Nearly 7,000 different languages are spoken across the world. But how these languages evolved has long been a source of debate. Now, a group of …



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You are stuck with your accent so make the most of it

The BBC recently broadcast a short film about a woman called Kasha who, after 27 years in the UK, had started elocution lessons to try to get rid of …


Bilingual People May Find it Easier to Learn New Languages

Brain activity of bilingual people who learn a new language is similar to that of native speakers of that language within one day of training, a new …

Language Learning

Lying in Business: 5 Tell-Tale Non-Verbal Signs Revealed

There is too much emphasis in American culture on what people say in business. Focusing only on their words misses much of their meaning. Experts say …


Generation Gaps, Social Studies, and Learning Through Language

10/02/2017 · by alukacs119 · in Classroom Ideas, Exploring Our World, geography, Guest Educators and Explorers, Main. ·<p>National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee Sandhya Narayanan grew up hearing five different languages spoken at home (Malayalam, Hindi, English, Tamil, and Bengali) and many more …


The 'myth' of language history: Languages do not share a single history

The 'myth' of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different …


Want to Learn Cherokee? How About Ainu? This Startup Is Teaching Endangered Languages

Tribalingual founder Inky Gibbens explains how saving languages is a means of preserving different worldviews


Scandinavia's earliest farmers exchanged terminology with Indo-Europeans

5,000 years ago, the Yamnaya culture migrated into Europe from the Caspian steppe. In addition to innovations such as the wagon and dairy production, …


Important American and British Spelling Differences You Should Know

It can be said that American English has the more economical and phonetic spelling. Unnecessary letters are left out and words are spelled how they …


You now see colors that once didn’t exist

Industrialization changed the world’s palette, adding an array of synthetic hues to the universal, more natural, color scheme. This shifted human vision and experience, literally adding shades to how we see the world as cultures created more objects in ever more tones.<p>Still, there’s something …


Appeal launched to collect poetry in endangered languages

Marking the UK’s National Poetry Day, an international call for readers to submit poems that could be lost to future generations has gone out<p>Share your poems on National Poetry Day 2017<p>From Assyrian to Irish Gaelic, the National Poetry Library is launching a major new project to collect the poetry …


Double Plurals in English

A double plural is the plural form of a noun with an additional plural ending (usually <i>-s</i>) attached — for example, <i>candelabras</i> (singular, <i>candelabrum</i>; …


After Brexit, EU English will be free to morph into a distinct variety

The newfound neutrality of English in Europe may help it survive Brexit as the EU’s lingua franca ... with the addition of a few distinctly un-British quirks<p>If your planification isn’t up to snuff, you might need to precise your actorness. English in the EU, spoken primarily by non-native speakers, …


Ashkenazi Jews Are Not Khazars. Here’s The Proof.

In 2010 I was contacted by the chief editor of a volume called “Khazars: Myth and History,” put together by the Russian Academy of Sciences. She knew …

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