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BBC News - Study links biodiversity and language loss

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"The decline of linguistic and cultural diversity is linked to the loss of biodiversity, a study has suggested."

 

It must be the pack rat / archivist / completist in me, but the idea of a language dying is heartbreaking to me.

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The world through different mouths, ears and eyes
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25 maps that explain the English language

25 maps that explain the English language | Words and What They Are | Scoop.it
From Beowulf to Wikipedia, here's how English grew, spread, and changed.
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From mangata to kilig: 10 untranslatable words - in pictures

From mangata to kilig: 10 untranslatable words - in pictures | Words and What They Are | Scoop.it
Illustrator and writer Ella Frances Sanders’ new book Lost in Translation explores unique words from languages around the world
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Caldecott Literature Series | Make Way for Ducklings | NHPTV Video

Caldecott Literature Series | Make Way for Ducklings | NHPTV Video | Words and What They Are | Scoop.it
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard find the perfect spot to raise their young. By Robert McCloskey.
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The Crayola-fication of the World: How we Gave Colors Names, and it Messed With our Brains (Part I)

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In Japan, people often refer to traffic lights as being blue in color. And this is a bit odd, because the traffic signal indicating ‘go’ in Japan is just as green as it is anywhere else in the world. So why is the color getting lost in translation? This visual conundrum has its roots in the history of language.


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Poetry Pairing | 'Fairy-tale Logic'

Poetry Pairing | 'Fairy-tale Logic' | Words and What They Are | Scoop.it
Matching A. E. Stallings's poem "Fairy-tale Logic" with an article about fairy tales appearing on television and in films.
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BibliOdyssey: The Bookplate Collection

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"The Ex Libris (bookplate) illustrations below were selected from the first half of the enormous John Starr Stewart Collection at the University of Illinois."

 

Kindle and Nook all you like, but I'm still in love with the artefact, the physical book you hold in your hands. And those you cherish most might even be enhanced with a beautiful book plate.

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A language family tree - in pictures

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Minna Sundberg’s illustration maps the relationships between Indo-European and Uralic languages
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To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

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What happens if you decide that falling in love is not something that happens to you, but something that you do?
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Scrabble Tile Poem

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"Each tercet (three lines of iambic pentameter with ABA rhyme scheme) in the poem below is formed from the set of 100 Scrabble® tiles, which consist of 98 letters (including all letters A-Z) plus two blank "wildcards" that can be assigned any letter. The poem is visually depicted using six sets of Scrabble® tiles, where the two blanks in each set are indicated by red tiles. In this challenge we deem it quite permissable to use different letters for the blanks in each separate set of tiles (each stanza)."

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BBC News - Study links biodiversity and language loss

BBC News - Study links biodiversity and language loss | Words and What They Are | Scoop.it

"The decline of linguistic and cultural diversity is linked to the loss of biodiversity, a study has suggested."

 

It must be the pack rat / archivist / completist in me, but the idea of a language dying is heartbreaking to me.

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Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Welcome

Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Welcome | Words and What They Are | Scoop.it
It may have been word of the year in some wheelhouses, but refudiate wasn't looked upon favorably by many who sent in nominations for Lake Superior State University's 36th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use...
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The Walrus and The Carpenter

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The Walrus And The Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll. From Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872.

 

Periodicially, I vow to memorize "The Walrus and the Carpenter." I never get all the way, but I can usually have a good go at mangling most of it from memory built up through repeated readings.

 

Of course I consider W and C to have behaved abominably, but then again, I never fail to take delight at the final lines:

 

But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

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Decameron Web

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"Few great books like the Decameron have shaped our very notion of storytelling and its crucial role in the negotiation and production of shared social and cultural values. In its hundred stories, shared in ten days by ten young people escaping the Plague in mid-14th-century Florence, it combines sheer entertainment with a meaningful humanistic message. [...] The guiding question of our project is how contemporary informational technology can facilitate, enhance and innovate the complex cognitive and learning activities involved in reading a late medieval literary text like Boccaccio's Decameron."

 

Someday I would just love to spend a week exploring all this site has to offer.

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