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Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from each other, rather than moving closer together. And renowned linguist William Labov thinks there’s a connection between political and linguistic segregation.

 

"Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.

 

"Social identities are complex, and can be defined along a number of different dimensions like class, race, or ethnicity. Not everyone feels that politics are a part of their core identity. But I suspect that political ideology may become an anchor for accents to the extent that large social groups collectively identify themselves by their political beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, this is happening more and more as Americans voluntarily cluster themselves into homogenous, politically like-minded communities."


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Gloria Steinem plans to walk across Korean demilitarised zone for peace

Gloria Steinem plans to walk across Korean demilitarised zone  for peace | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A group of women are hoping to make a rare walk between North and South Korea but are seeking approval from both countries and the UN
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Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you

Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
"Architecture is not about math or zoning -- it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner.
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Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps?

Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The stylized geography of urban transit.
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Arabic words in English you didn’t even know you knew

Arabic words in English you didn’t even know you knew | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Algorithm and sofa, candy and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are actually Arab migrants.
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Why Humanitarian Aid Can Fuel Violence | Foreign Affairs

Why Humanitarian Aid Can Fuel Violence | Foreign Affairs | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The future of humanitarian assistance and security policy in chaotic places such as Syria and Iraq could rest on a single question: Does aid in conflict zones promote peace or war?
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The 'new Africa' sweeping away the old

The 'new Africa' sweeping away the old | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The BBC's Alan Kasujja returns to his native Uganda to meet the young entrepreneurs aiming to create a "new" Africa - while still dealing with the "old".
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UN warns South Sudan is on brink of famine

UN warns South Sudan is on brink of famine | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Aid workers in South Sudan finding it hard to operate as roadblocks are erected across the country.
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The road to more income in Uganda? Owning a motorcycle.

The road to more income in Uganda? Owning a motorcycle. | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In the capital of Kampala, Uganda, a local business called Tugende is doubling profits for taxi bike drivers through its lease-to-own program.
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Abducting and selling babies in Bangladesh

Abducting and selling babies in Bangladesh | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
New parents describe 'nightmares' after their newborns were kidnapped from hospitals - a rising trend in the country.
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Ebola Response: When the World Came Together to Help Like Never Before - YouTube

When the world was facing an unprecedented disaster, when caseload were doubling every three week, and half of all cases were resulting in death, the world c...
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Nigeria's 2015 Presidential Election

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The February 14, 2015, elections again may precipitate violence that could destabilize Nigeria, and Washington has even less leverage in Abuja than it did in 2011.
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Vian Dakhil: Iraq's only female Yazidi MP on the battle to save her people

Vian Dakhil: Iraq's only female Yazidi MP on the battle to save her people | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Vian Dakhil is the only Yazidi woman in Iraq’s parliament. She spends every waking moment working to rescue survivors of the carnage Isis has wreaked on her people.
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Our Next ‘Beijing Moment’: Achieving Gender Equality by 2030

Our Next ‘Beijing Moment’: Achieving Gender Equality by 2030 | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 8:50 PM

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Beijing is making a very impactful push for the achievement of gender equality within the region. They hope to accomplish this goal by 2030, representing equal rights for both men and women. 

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Swine flu virus in India turns even more dangerous, MIT study warns - The Times of India

Swine flu virus in India turns even more dangerous, MIT study warns - The Times of India | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The swine flu virus in India which has already killed more than 1,500 people since December may have acquired mutations that make it more severe and infectious than previously circulating H1N1 strains, a new MIT study has warned.
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Laughing at Isis: Syrian video artists go beyond fear to ridicule jihadis

Laughing at Isis: Syrian video artists go beyond fear to ridicule jihadis | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Young refugees risk their lives by mocking Islamic State in a series of films, as satirising the extremists grows in popularity across the Middle East
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What is the oldest city in the world?

What is the oldest city in the world? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Mark Twain declared that the Indian city of Varanasi was older than history, tradition and legend. He was, of course, wrong. So which exactly is the world’s most ancient continuously inhabited city?
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Mining in Myanmar another 'resource curse' says Amnesty

Mining in Myanmar another 'resource curse' says Amnesty | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Report says forcible eviction of rural communities to make way for a copper mine complex led to human rights breaches.
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Niger troops sent to 'crush' Boko Haram in Nigeria

Niger troops sent to 'crush' Boko Haram in Nigeria | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Parliament unanimously approves deployment of troops as part of a regional offensive against armed group.
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Amateur women wrestlers take on sumo's big boys | The Japan Times

Amateur women wrestlers take on sumo's big boys | The Japan Times | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Nineteen-year-old Sayaka Matsuo lies on the tatami mat as a masseur works on her neck and shoulders to squeeze out the knots. But this is no pamper package
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Chinese Phone Upstarts Sell With Personality, Not Product

Chinese Phone Upstarts Sell With Personality, Not Product | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Newer Chinese tech companies like Smartisan, founded by Luo Yonghao, recognize that they are selling an identity as much as a phone.
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Polygamy not integral part of Islam: SC - The Times of India

Polygamy not integral part of Islam: SC - The Times of India | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a Muslim’s fundamental right to profess Islam did not include practicing polygamy.
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Our century's greatest injustice

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Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.
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Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?
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Australian Aborigines defying gentrification

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Aboriginals' 'tent embassy' in the heart of Sydney defies development plans and demands affordable housing.
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Canadian court strikes down niqab ban for new citizens

Canadian court strikes down niqab ban for new citizens | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The full Saudi-style niqab, or face veil, will now be allowed to be worn by immigrants taking the Canadian oath of citizenship.
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