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The Man Who Invented High Valyrian and Dothraki

The Man Who Invented High Valyrian and Dothraki | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
How one linguist creates obsessively detailed—and fully functional—languages for Game of Thrones and other shows
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Internet. Internet slang meets American Sign Language

Internet. Internet slang meets American Sign Language | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
How do you sign "new" words? The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.
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Why English Changes More Slowly Today Than It Did A Thousand Years Ago

Why English Changes More Slowly Today Than It Did A Thousand Years Ago | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
As languages acquire new speakers, spread to new geographic areas, and mingle with other languages, they change. But is that change happening as quickly as it once did?
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Yes, we are judged on our accents

Yes, we are judged on our accents | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Hannah Jane Parkinson: I have altered how I speak to suit situations in the past, but I would never go full Eliza Doolittle and get rid of my Liverpool accent
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Why Did The West Weep for Paris But Not for Kunming?

Why Did The West Weep for Paris But Not for Kunming? | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
In the days since the attacks that killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Chinese netizens have watched the outpouring of solidarity. As our colleagues at Foreign Policy reported earlier this week, the Chinese reaction has been overwhelmingly one of resentment.
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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The people who want their language to disappear

The people who want their language to disappear | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it

Via Kathleen Waller
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"Let It Go" from Frozen according to Google Translate (PARODY) - YouTube

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Using Google translate - there is (as the introduction says) a YouTube channel which puts famous works of literature through Google Translate, then translates them back. The result is confusing. The result of putting Google Translate through Creole, Chinese, Macedonian, French, Polish and Tamil ( and more) actually reverses the meaning of the song. Altogether - "Give up!'

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Yes, Sign Language Has Accents

Yes, Sign Language Has Accents | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
American Sign Language isn't a translation of English. It's a language with its own grammar and idioms. Sign language speakers also have their own accents. Learn how this language, like every other, undergoes regionalization and shifts in tone.
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The Big Bang of Social Networking

The Big Bang of Social Networking | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
It is still early days in the mission to rebottle personal privacy.
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It's complicated: Selfie and A to Z reflect TV's uncomfortable relationship with social media

It's complicated: Selfie and A to Z reflect TV's uncomfortable relationship with social media | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Sulagna Misra: The new breed of TV romcoms show social media as a part of life – but don’t accurately express what it means to their viewers
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Censored! The journalism they didn't want you to see

Censored! The journalism they didn't want you to see | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Andy Bodle: Most of the stories you read in the newspaper have been extensively redacted. But what gets cut, and why?
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Dave Gibbons, first comics laureate: ‘They’re not just cheap, lurid entertainment’

Dave Gibbons, first comics laureate: ‘They’re not just cheap, lurid entertainment’ | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Watchmen artist spearheads campaign to improve child literacy in the UK by using comics and graphic novels, writes Alison Flood
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Gender-neutral communication: how to do it

Gender-neutral communication: how to do it | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
The English language reinforces patriarchy, but we can use the language to counter it instead.
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Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage? - The New Yorker

Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage? - The New Yorker | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
For most of their lives, bilinguals might not show any real benefits. The true edge may come far later.
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Writers’ cliches that make you tear your hair out

Writers’ cliches that make you tear your hair out | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: Certain phrases, worn out long ago, will not stop appearing in fiction and never cease to annoy me. Please share your hackneyed hates
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Losing my Welsh: what it feels like to forget a language

Losing my Welsh: what it feels like to forget a language | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
After being fluent in the language as a child, today Ellie finds herself painfully searching for words on Google translate
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What Gets Lost When English Becomes the Lingua Franca of the World?

What Gets Lost When English Becomes the Lingua Franca of the World? | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
The Fall of Language in the Age of English, by the Japanese novelist and scholar Minae Mizumura, has all the ingredients of a rage-read. Indeed, when it was published in Japan in 2008, it infuriated commentators, who dismissed Mizumura as “reactionary,” “jingoistic,” or “elitist” and swarmed across Amazon deleting positive...
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Hashtags rule. But why? And where did # come from? – video

Hashtags rule. But why? And where did # come from? – video | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
The # has invaded our daily lives and hijacked the way we communicate. But how did it come to dominate global digital culture? Ollie Peart dares to find out
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But remember...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dzaMaouXA

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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue

Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Are words on the way out?
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Learning New Words Activates The Same Brain Regions As Sex And Drugs | IFLScience

Learning New Words Activates The Same Brain Regions As Sex And Drugs | IFLScience | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
While it doesn’t get much better than sex and drugs for many out there, new research has found that simply learning a new word can spark up the same reward circuits in the brain that are activated during pleasurable activities such as these. No wonder there are so many bookworms and scrabble addicts out there.
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‘Overshare’ is Chambers Dictionary’s word of the year 2014

‘Overshare’ is Chambers Dictionary’s word of the year 2014 | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
Chambers Dictionary announces its word of the year: ‘overshare’ tops a shortlist featuring ‘photobomb’, ‘selfie’ and ‘bashtag’, writes Alison Flood
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What makes a word "real"?

What makes a word "real"? | IBDP Year 12 Lang+Lit RCHK Higher Level | Scoop.it
One could argue that slang words like ‘hangry,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘adorkable’ fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make.
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