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All Things Linguistic: Tricky Linguistics x The novel-sentence argument...

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The novel-sentence argument is one of the classic arguments used in favour of a generative approach to language, seen also in Chomsky’s sentence Colourless green ideas sleep...
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IAPTI2017 - Early bird ends on March 10

IAPTI2017 - Early bird ends on March 10 | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Don't say "bye bye" to this great opportunity to join #IAPTI2017 at reduced prices
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Dictionary of dead language complete after 90 years - BBC News

Dictionary of dead language complete after 90 years - BBC News | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
A full dictionary of the extinct language of ancient Mesopotamia has been completed after 90 years of work.
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The Disappearing Dialect at the Heart of China’s Capital

The Disappearing Dialect at the Heart of China’s Capital | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Beijing’s distinct and colorful dialect is heard less and less as migration, development and language standardization programs reshape the city.
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Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 32 Actors' Accents | WIRED

Dialect coach Erik Singer analyzes the accents of some of Hollywood's biggest names. How accurate were they really? Check out more from Erik here
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All Things Linguistic

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house-carpenter: “ In Scottish Gaelic, the word for ‘woman’ is [bɛn] in the nominative singular, and [mraː] in the genitive singular. But this isn’t a case of suppletion along the same lines a
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These Clever T-shirts Are Designed With Icons To Make It Easier To Communicate In A Foreign Language

RT @EmilandDC: Iconspeak: a T-shirt to be understood in every language �� https://t.co/7xL0peKHbA https://t.co/Y6x74kh5x3
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The Maltese Language: An Arabic Descendant

This video is about the Maltese language and how it descended from an Arabic dialect with a large importing of foreign vocabulary. Support Langfocus o
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Noam Chomsky: Young Bernie Sanders Supporters are a "Mobilized Force That Could Change the Country"

Noam Chomsky: Young Bernie Sanders Supporters are a "Mobilized Force That Could Change the Country" | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
During an event Tuesday at the Brooklyn Public Library, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor, was asked about Bernie Sanders’ run for the White House.
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Inside the world's most exquisite libraries

Inside the world's most exquisite libraries | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Libraries encapsulate the history of knowledge and stand as monuments to different epochs in architecture, interior design and art.
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Dinky-di Aussies: how slanguage helped form a new national identity

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When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
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Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry

Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Poetry will become the new currency in coffee outlets around the world for a day as World Poetry Day campaign spreads to 34 countries
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Which are the world's most influential languages?

Which are the world's most influential languages? | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it

Some langauges are spoken by more than others, but does that make them global?

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Sara Rosett's curator insight, February 19, 2016 9:50 AM

Sara's thoughts: Fascinating look at how #languages are connected...and not connected...plus cool illustrations. :) 

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Estasia Lal's curator insight, February 20, 2016 6:40 PM

It is interesting to think that English actually is he most used language. Of course I always just assumed it was because I am from America and speak English and everyone around me does as well. As I read this article, I was wondering about China, since they do have a bigger population than the United States. And I was wondering where all the Chinese speakers were on these statistics. I was not aware that other countries had their own social networks and Wikipedia's. After reading that, it made much more sense to me. There were hardly any Chinese because they were not on English sites, they were on their own. If the students would have calculated other countries sites with this study, I think their results would have been very different.

This article is from World Economic Forum so I think that it is a reliable source for this topic. Mainly because the article was about the world and the website is about world news.

 

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Poetry is Memorable Speech

Are nursery rhymes poetry? What gives regular people access to poetry and how does school end up chasing many of us away from poetry?

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Welcome to the language capital of the world: Queen's, New York

Welcome to the language capital of the world: Queen's, New York | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
There are as many as 800 languages spoken in New York City, and nowhere in the world has more than Queens, according to the Endangered Language Alliance.
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A celebration of poetry in all its forms | St Andrews

A celebration of poetry in all its forms | St Andrews | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Browse stay in St Andrews reviews, come and see for yourself one of the finest resort in Scotland. Discover now!
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Speaking in tongues: BBC World Service expansion aims to extend British soft power - StuntFM 97.3

Speaking in tongues: BBC World Service expansion aims to extend British soft power - StuntFM 97.3 | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Speaking in tongues: BBC World Service expansion aims to extend British soft power
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Is Donald Trump So Popular Because of How He Talks? A Linguistics Explainer

Is Donald Trump So Popular Because of How He Talks? A Linguistics Explainer | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Logical or not, Trump uses linguistic strategy to make you to believe what he says.
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Scotland's Other Heritage: The forgotten legacy of Germanic Scotland - Medievalists.net

Scotland's Other Heritage: The forgotten legacy of Germanic Scotland - Medievalists.net | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
It would be fair to say that Scotland is roughly half Germanic, but this part of the Scottish heritage is often downplayed while the Celtic side is discussed.
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The Immigrant Languages Of New York City

The Immigrant Languages Of New York City | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
Robin Young visits a number of neighborhoods to hear some of the languages and dialects spoken in the city.
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Why The Internet Of Things Might Never Speak A Common Language

A single standard for smart homes and other connected devices sounds great, but some of the biggest tech firms don't seem interested.
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Comment on What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet? by Jacquelyn Hyde

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Don Knox the Informer - 21.1.16

You asked, “What is the short version of ‘pedantic’?”
It’s ‘didactic’.
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9 of the most beautiful lines from Irish poetry

9 of the most beautiful lines from Irish poetry | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it
A roundup of some of the most memorable lines of Irish poetry.
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Language characterizes humans

Language characterizes humans | Wordsmiths universe | Scoop.it

The ability to produce and understand language makes humans unique. Not just humans but also monkeys and dogs can learn words. What is the key difference to our human language? And how does this medium in which we speak, ...

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Linguistic Illusions: Where You See Them, Where You Don't

Linguistic Illusions: Where You See Them, Where You Don't April 23, 2012 Linguistic illusions are situations in which people systematically mis-interpret, mi...

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