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Johnson: How hard is English? How weird?

Johnson: How hard is English? How weird? | Linguistics | Scoop.it
JOHNSON gets mail. Tom K., a reader in Ottawa, asks:I had always understood English to be a reasonably easy language to learn, because it lacks many of the... (How hard is it to learn English and how weird is the language?
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Is English a difficult language to learn and what makes a language hard to learn?

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Where the F-Word Came From

Where the F-Word Came From | Linguistics | Scoop.it
By necessity, this one contains a bit of profanity. So you may or may not want to read through it first if you normally share these articles with humans of the particularly youthful persuasion. In its various incarnations, the F-word can be a noun, verb, adjective, and even an infix. The Crescent wrench of the […
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Mind your slanguage, and don't be an erk. YOLO

Mind your slanguage, and don't be an erk. YOLO | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Gary Nunn: Slang should be celebrated, not condemned. It enriches our language – from bloomers to booze, from cool to ceebs, and from doing a Lohan to LOLZ
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Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language? - Telegraph

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?  - Telegraph | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong
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Germans try to get their tongues around gender-neutral language

Germans try to get their tongues around gender-neutral language | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Justice ministry's edict that state institutions must use 'gender-neutral' language is forcing the country to confront change
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Language learning: what motivates us?

Language learning: what motivates us? | Linguistics | Scoop.it
What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place. Lauren Razavi unpacks the science
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First J.K. Rowling, now Bitcoin’s founder: How a computer program analyzes language to solve author mysteries

First J.K. Rowling, now Bitcoin’s founder: How a computer program analyzes language to solve author mysteries | Linguistics | Scoop.it

Until recently, Patrick Juola was known primarily as the man who outed J.K. Rowling as the author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” a book she penned under another name.

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The Armenian Language & its Place in the Indo-European Linguistic Family

Charles de Lamberterie discusses the history of the Armenian language as part of the 17th Annual Vardanants Day celebration. Speaker Biography: Charles de La...
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Baby Talk Helps Infants Learn Language Faster - Business Insider

Baby Talk Helps Infants Learn Language Faster - Business Insider | Linguistics | Scoop.it
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Cooing at children may be frowned upon by some parenting manuals but new research suggests baby talk helps youngsters pick up language faster.
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Agatha Christie And Nuns Tell A Tale Of Alzheimer's

Those trying to diagnosis Alzheimer's say some answers may be in the writing.

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Fascinating research on the evidence for Alzheimer's in writers' language use

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Jersus Colmenares's curator insight, December 29, 2013 10:37 PM

Corpus linguistics and Agatha Christie?

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Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years

Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years | Linguistics | Scoop.it
It is perhaps the most important word in one of the greatest and most famous sentences in the history of the English language.
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Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? - John McWhorter

Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? - John McWhorter | Linguistics | Scoop.it
What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs.
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Read all about it from the perspective of the inventor of Game of Thrones' Dothraki language, in an exclusive interview with David Peterson in Issue 4 of Babel!

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Becky Brumpton's curator insight, January 16, 7:08 AM

Well, with the amount of time I spent trying to learn Klingon at school, I should bloody well hope so!

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Corpus Linguistics MOOC | Lancaster University

Corpus Linguistics MOOC  | Lancaster University | Linguistics | Scoop.it
A free online course designed to help those interested in the social sciences and humanities analyse language will be offered as Lancaster University’s first MOOC (massive open online course) in January 2014.

Via Pascual Pérez-Paredes
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A great free linguistic resource from @lancasteruni

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Agustí Farran i Serés's curator insight, September 19, 2013 5:00 AM

I have just applied for it!

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Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? | Linguistics | Scoop.it
The idea that your mother tongue shapes your experience of the world may be true after all.
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The Whorf-bashing is a bit extreme, but this is a detailed article on the relationship between thought and the language we speak.

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Kayeon Yoo's curator insight, January 15, 1:15 PM

The debate about Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is on-going.

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What Britain's county dialects can tell us about the national character

What Britain's county dialects can tell us about the national character | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Take a linguistic tour – a holus-bolus fidge-fadge, if you will – around some of Britain's most charming forgotten words
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Untwisting tongues: Every student will benefit from the City of Leeds School's decision to teach English as a second language

Untwisting tongues: Every student will benefit from the City of Leeds School's decision to teach English as a second language | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Three cheers and more for City of Leeds School which has decided that the best way of teaching English systematically and effectively is to teach it as a foreign language to everyone. It’s an innovative and inspired idea. If you want to hear English spoken really well then listen to a well-taught foreigner. Many of them put native speakers to shame.
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Do you like sesquipedalian words, or do you find them annoying?

Do you like sesquipedalian words, or do you find them annoying? | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Can those who enjoy using obscure, polysyllabic words, and those who are annoyed by them, get through to each other?
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Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet

Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet | Linguistics | Scoop.it
What the anatomy of your tongue has to do with ship flags and the evolution of human communication.


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Elephants can tell one language from another - CBS News

Elephants can tell one language from another - CBS News | Linguistics | Scoop.it

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elephants-can-tell-one-language-from-another/

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Animal language is also covered in Issue 4 of Babel magazine

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Why it's easier to swear at people in another language - io9

Why it's easier to swear at people in another language - io9 | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Why it's easier to swear at people in another language
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People who speak two or more languages often prefer to use one language over another, depending on the situation. This is especially true when it comes to cursing and insults.
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Protest over Irish language rights held in Gaeltacht - Irish Times

Protest over Irish language rights held in Gaeltacht - Irish Times | Linguistics | Scoop.it
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Protest over Irish language rights held in Gaeltacht
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... commissioner who has resigned.
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It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English

It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky
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The author of this article obviously hasn't heard of Babel or @davcr, but interesting all the same!

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▶ George Lakoff on Embodied Cognition and Language - YouTube

Speaker: George Lakoff, Cognitive Science and Linguistics Professor at UC Berkeley Lecture: Cascade Theory: Embodied Cognition and Language from a Neural Per...

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10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using

10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using | Linguistics | Scoop.it
If you learn just ten words of Old English this month, let them be these, from Mark Forsyth's The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language.
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The next issue of Babel features a review of The Horologicon

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Bilingualism helps aphasia sufferers relearn primary language - Medical News Today

Bilingualism helps aphasia sufferers relearn primary language - Medical News Today | Linguistics | Scoop.it
Bilingualism helps aphasia sufferers relearn primary language Medical News Today Researchers have found that when a person who speaks two languages experiences brain damage leading to a language condition called aphasia, the second, less dominant...
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It's time for a national debate on language learning

It's time for a national debate on language learning | Linguistics | Scoop.it
The Guardian and British Academy are working together on a campaign to raise the profile of languages in the UK. Wendy Berliner explores the importance and roots of the campaign
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Watch this space - a great new partnership for language promotion!

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