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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

"How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, best-selling author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such a fundamental part of social relationships, human biology, and human evolution. Finally, Pinker touches on the wide variety of applications for linguistics, from improving how we teach reading and writing to how we interpret law, politics, and literature."

 

Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University.


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Language is in our biology - The International News Magazine

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Language is in our biology
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Vulchanova's results run contrary to some conventional assumptions in both linguistics and cognitive sciences.

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Geography May Influence Sound System of Languages, New Study Suggests - Sci-News.com

Geography May Influence Sound System of Languages, New Study Suggests - Sci-News.com | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Geography May Influence Sound System of Languages, New Study Suggests Sci-News.com Until recently most linguists believed that the relationship between the structure of language and the natural world was mainly the influence of the environment on...
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Language: More Than Just Words

Language: More Than Just Words | Linguistics | Scoop.it
"Water" is the simplest kind of word to learn how to use, a concrete noun. So it's not surprising that such words are normally the first a child learns.

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Lemony Gregg's curator insight, February 11, 2013 9:47 AM

Thanks to Lakoff's article, I discovered Deb Roy's fascinating project.  Imagine having every hour of your waking life filmed from the day you were born to track how you learn language. What an impressive undertaking!  (The video/TED talk is linked in the article.)

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Haiti is teaching kids in the wrong language

Haiti is teaching kids in the wrong language | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Most Haitians speak Haitian Creole. And yet, the country's traditional language of education is French — which less than 10 percent of Haitians speak fluently

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Internationalization vs Localization (i18n vs l10n)

Internationalization vs Localization (i18n vs l10n) | Linguistics | Scoop.it
I always had a trouble how to explain this subject to other people. Thats why Ive decided to collect the main definitions (and explanations) of internationalization and localization in one place. W3C explain this...

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Iulianna's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:34 AM

Useful terminology!

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How Many Languages is it Possible to Know?

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There are millions of people, even in the mostly monolingual US, who speak more than one language at home. Competence in three languages is not unusual. But what about 10, 20, 30, 100 languages?

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How Linguistics is like Coding

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As a linguist, I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with programmers about the similarities between linguistics and coding.
Here’s an example of a simple linguistic tree structure for the...

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3 Linguistic Tricks That Build Trust

3 Linguistic Tricks That Build Trust | Linguistics | Scoop.it
When it comes to building trust, people generally think of nonverbal techniques. Here are tricks you can use within your actual language to increase trust.

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Excuse-moi? – The French words you just cannot translate | The ...

Excuse-moi? – The French words you just cannot translate | The ... | Linguistics | Scoop.it
A while ago, the Bright Old Oak researched and presented those words in Finnish and German that are mostly to cause a head-scratch. Interestingly, even languages which seem less contracted like French present us with a ...

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Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds? - National Geographic

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Does Geography Influence How a Language Sounds?
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Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study.
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French Language Revival In Morocco - Colonial Nostalgia Or Bridge To ... - Worldcrunch

French Language Revival In Morocco - Colonial Nostalgia Or Bridge To ... - Worldcrunch | Linguistics | Scoop.it
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RABAT - Along with Arabic, French has long been one of Morocco's languages.

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Why The English Language Rules The World - No Really, Why?

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Why The English Language Rules The World - No Really, Why? @Worldcrunch Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources

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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | Linguistics | 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. (The impact linguistics has on economics: Can your language determine your likelihood to save?

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

The Benefits of Bilingualism | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.

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