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Introduction to Sociolinguistics
A first look at how the language we use is impacted by our interlocutors, our locations, our genders, our social classes, and our tribes.
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Current post: App breakdown: Pidgin 101

Current post: App breakdown: Pidgin 101 | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
If you've grown up or have lived in the islands, chances are, you've encountered, in some way, shape or form, Pidgin English.
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I'm delighted to see this app, but I remain confused about why Hawaiian is still referred to as a Pidgin. As an inter-generationally transmitted language, it is a Creole not a pidgin. See: http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/pidgin.html I happen to have a copy of a Hawaiian New Testament ("Da Jesus Book") and it is a beautiful language that is also fairly easy to learn. WikiBooks has lessons at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Hawaiian/Lesson_One ; Other examples of technology legitimizing Creoles include this Android App for Jamaican Patois: Jamaicanize (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.albumedia.jamaicanize)

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Found In Translation

One task, everyday X 100 Days. I am doing one illustration each day for words that cannot be Anglicized word for word.
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Putting the why before the how in reading - in one or more languages

It was an evening in late August last year. I tiptoed into my 2nd grader's room to put some laundry  in her closet. I was just about to leave when I heard a small voice from under the covers. "Momm...
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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | TED Blog

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | TED Blog | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.
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How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor)

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor) | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Deconstructing Arabic in 45 Minutes Conversational Russian in 60 minutes? This post is by request. How long does it take to learn Chinese or Japanese vs. Spanish or Irish Gaelic? I would argue less...
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Language learning begins in the womb - The Hindu

Language learning begins in the womb - The Hindu | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Language learning begins in the womb
The Hindu
By Josephine Lethbridge, The Conversation. Human foetuses begin to hear sounds outside the womb at about 27 weeks.
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It's time for a national debate on language learning - The Guardian

It's time for a national debate on language learning - The Guardian | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
The Guardian It's time for a national debate on language learning The Guardian Does it matter that there is less and less demand for language learning at university and therefore a decline in the number of teachers available to teach them (a...
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John J. Gumperz, Linguist of Cultural Interchange, Dies at 91

John J. Gumperz, Linguist of Cultural Interchange, Dies at 91 | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Professor Gumperz created a subfield, known as interactional sociolinguistics, that studies exchanges in a range of social situations, especially discourse across cultures.
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What is Sociolinguistics?

What is Sociolinguistics? | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
The study of the many ways language and society intersect is known as sociolinguistics. The field combines sociology, psychology, anthropology and more. To help us understand what sociolinguistics ...
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Did a key witness in Trayvon Martin’s case talk funny, or could we all use some education? –

Did a key witness in Trayvon Martin’s case talk funny, or could we all use some education? – | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
The George Zimmerman trial in the United States of America has shown a country in deep divide.
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Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister : NPR

Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister : NPR | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
After being found unconscious, Michael Boatwright awakened to insist that his name is Johan Ek. And he couldn't speak English. Investigators pieced together some of his background and now a sister has talked about him.
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Our emoji dictionary will keep you in touch with youth of today

Our emoji dictionary will keep you in touch with youth of today | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
With 80% of Brits using the cartoon symbols in texts, social media and emails, the symbolically challenged among you may be feeling left out
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Ever felt cow's belly? One man's quest to revive the lost language of the natural world

Ever felt cow's belly? One man's quest to revive the lost language of the natural world | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Patrick Barkham: Photographer Dominick Tyler has launched a project to bring back into usage the beautiful words that we once used to describe our natural environment
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Did Bowe Bergdahl forget English?

Did Bowe Bergdahl forget English? | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Linguistics professor Sandra Disner says a primary language may be forgotten but is quickly remembered after daily use. ...
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Constructed Languages | About World Languages

Constructed Languages | About World Languages | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Artificial, otherwise also known as constructed, planned, or auxiliary, languages are those languages whose phonology, grammar, and vocabulary have been intentionally constructed by people, rather than having developed naturally over an extended period of time. There are many possible reasons for constructing an artificial language.
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Tove Skutnabb-Kangas' Big Bibliography | www.tove-skutnabb-kangas.org | Linguistic Human Rights | Linguistic diversity | Biodiversity | Indigenous Issues | Multilingual education

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas' Big Bibliography | www.tove-skutnabb-kangas.org | Linguistic Human Rights | Linguistic diversity | Biodiversity | Indigenous Issues | Multilingual education | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas - Dr.phil. University of Roskilde, Denmark; retired; associate professor, Åbo Akademi University Vasa, Finland.
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Jamaican Dictionary - Android Apps on Google Play

Jamaican Dictionary - Android Apps on Google Play | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Lookup Jamaican words and phrases wherever you are. Get instant translation, definition and examples. It's simple and fast. See search result as you type.- No A...
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Language learning: the shaky future of study (and work) abroad

Language learning: the shaky future of study (and work) abroad | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
Unless the government develops a coherent languages strategy, student mobility is threatened, says Anne Marie Graham

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Thanks Much! On the Geography of Language

Thanks Much! On the Geography of Language | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
"Is this your guys's stuff?" And other linguistic markers, by Deborah Fallows.
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Language, emotion and well-being explored

Language, emotion and well-being explored | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
We use language every day to express our emotions, but can this language actually affect what and how we feel? Two new studies explore the ways in which the interaction between language and emotion influences our well-being.
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Dr Caroline Tagg - Predictor Podcast (Ep49) - The language of text messaging and social networks

If, like me, you're surgically attached to your phone and computer and largely communicate with friends and family through text messages and social media, then this podcast is for you!
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Learn Languages Better – 5:2 your language learning: Intermittent Mothertongue Fasting

Learn Languages Better – 5:2 your language learning: Intermittent Mothertongue Fasting | Introduction to Sociolinguistics | Scoop.it
language learning and diets - the benefits of intermittent language learning

If you were looking for a connection between language learning and diets, this...
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