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The linguistics of signifying time: The human gesture as clock

The linguistics of signifying time: The human gesture as clock | News we like | Scoop.it
A new scientific study documenting the linguistic practices of the Northwestern Amazonian peoples uncovers an unusual method of communicating the human concept of time. The study, "Modally hybrid grammar?
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Human language may have started differently than thought

Human language may have started differently than thought | News we like | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, two with the University of Wisconsin, the other with the University of California, has conducted a study, the results of which suggest that maybe humans did not get a start on language using only hand gestures as...
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Some European Languages Came By Steppe

Some European Languages Came By Steppe | News we like | Scoop.it
A new genetic analysis reveals a massive migration from the central Asian grasslands into Europe 4500 years ago—implying that some languages followed. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere

12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere | News we like | Scoop.it
My recent post about specialized dictionaries got me thinking about the fun books and sites I have encountered about words and language. I thought I would share a slightly off-topic post about my...
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Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation

Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation | News we like | Scoop.it
Speaking Exchange is a service enabling Brazilian students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes.
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A graph showing all the languages whose words invaded English

Languages are evolving, living things, a fact that this graphic that charts just which languages English has been taking its loanwords from over time makes clear.
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Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

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What may look like mere scratches is much more. A 900-year-old Viking code known as jötunvillur has been cracked, the blog Colossal reports. The code-cracker, runologist Jonas Nordby from the University of Oslo, deciphered the system after realizing he needed to replace the original runic character with the last sound used to pronounce it. For instance, the runic character ‘k’ is pronounced ‘kaun,’ so k becomes n. Nordby believes secret messages were created by the Vikings for entertainment.

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What Different Languages Think Different Animals Sound Like

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Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Ni Hao. We all say things differently because each language has their own words. Like, duh. But what about how different languages think animals sound?

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How Americans Speak Differently in Various Regions, Visualized

How Americans Speak Differently in Various Regions, Visualized | News we like | Scoop.it
Depending on where you're from and where you've lived in the United States, you probably say things a little differently than people from other parts of the country.
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Indigenous language project considers what is in a word

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One of Australia's oldest Indigenous languages is being immortalised in a speech register with work underway in the Western Desert to document formal ways of speaking before the knowledge is lost forever.
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So Thou Wantst to Write Olde-Timey Speech

So Thou Wantst to Write Olde-Timey Speech | News we like | Scoop.it
The English language has changed a great deal over the course of its history. It's been supplemented from its original wordstock by Norse, French, Latin, Greek and countless other languages.
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11 Origins of Common Drinking Phrases

11 Origins of Common Drinking Phrases | News we like | Scoop.it
There's a lot of slang associated with drinking. Three sheets to the wind. Hair of the dog. On the wagon. We all know them, we all use them, but most of us don't know where they came from or what they really mean.
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Have You Been Using These Everyday Phrases All Wrong?

Have You Been Using These Everyday Phrases All Wrong? | News we like | Scoop.it
Humans are suckers for cliches, but all too often, these overused phrases take on a life of their own, becoming popularly used malapropisms.
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Proof that the English language is crazy and makes no sense

Proof that the English language is crazy and makes no sense | News we like | Scoop.it
English isn't the hardest language in the world to learn but it's definitely a crazy one with wacky rules. Things that apply for some words, never seem to be considered for similar ones.
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What do you call your remote control? List of new slang words reveal 57 phrases for household gadget

What do you call your remote control? List of new slang words reveal 57 phrases for household gadget | News we like | Scoop.it
Do you know what a zapper, a blabber or even a dawicki is? Researchers have revealed dozens of new words as they claim (What do you call your remote control?
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This video of people taking the American dialect survey is fascinating

This video of people taking the American dialect survey is fascinating | News we like | Scoop.it
Bert Vaux's dialect survey is endlessly fascinating, prompting thousands of folks to figure out which American dialect they speak. This video mixes audio of people taking the survey with Joshua Katz's heat map visualizations of the dialect data.
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English is no longer the language of the web

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Conventional wisdom suggests that English is becoming “the world’s second language,” a lingua franca that many forward—looking organizations are adopting it as a working language.
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