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The politics of “Proper English”

The politics of “Proper English” | World Englishes | Scoop.it
This post is the second of two articles looking at linguistic prescriptivism and the politics around it. You might want to read the first one… first.
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Exploring the possibility of a universal way of communicating without sacrificing the cultural identity of the individual.
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What storytelling does to our brains

What storytelling does to our brains | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.
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From contemporary syntax to human language’s deep origins

From contemporary syntax to human language’s deep origins | World Englishes | Scoop.it
New paper amplifies hypothesis that human language builds on birdsong and speech forms of other primates. (On the origin of #language: learn the science behind #communication!
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Why Do You Think You’re Right About Language? You’re Not.

Why Do You Think You’re Right About Language? You’re Not. | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Don’t pretend that you’re above the fray. It’s a good bet that you’ve argued with someone recently over grammar or spelling or regionalisms or some other aspect of language.
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Indian origin scientist develops robots that understand casual language - The Times of India

Indian origin scientist develops robots that understand casual language - The Times of India | World Englishes | Scoop.it
A team of scientists at Cornell University has developed a robot that can understand spoken commands given in natural language.
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As the Internet Becomes More Global, Language Matters More than Ever

As the Internet Becomes More Global, Language Matters More than Ever | World Englishes | Scoop.it
As more people come online in various parts of the world, leading businesses will remain in a constant race to keep up with the languages needed to reach the same percentage of potential customers they reach today....
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How much really gets lost in translation? - New Yorker

How much really gets lost in translation? - New Yorker | World Englishes | Scoop.it
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How much really gets lost in translation?
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In English, the spiritual guy is pious, while the one called spirituel in French is witty; a liberal in France is on the right, in America to the left.
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Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you.  (So interesting! Do you find this?
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European non-state languages under 'threat of extinction' - TheParliament.com

European non-state languages under 'threat of extinction'
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Despite the requirements of the Lisbon treaty, respect and support for Europe's multilingualism is in danger of being left by the wayside, warns François Alfonsi.

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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How did it come to be Sir and Miss?

How did it come to be Sir and Miss? | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Calling teachers "Sir" or "Miss" is sexist, an academic has said. But why did these terms become the norm in British schools?

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Bilingualism offers 'huge advantages', claims Cambridge University head

Bilingualism offers 'huge advantages', claims Cambridge University head | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Vice-chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz wants education system to allow children to strive to become as bilingual as they can be (#Bilingualism offers 'huge advantages', claims #CambridgeUniversity head http://t.co/SQalrb7fN5...
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The politics of “Proper English”

The politics of “Proper English” | World Englishes | Scoop.it
This post is the second of two articles looking at linguistic prescriptivism and the politics around it. You might want to read the first one… first.
BY CHARLIE METHVEN
“As an independent nation, our...
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How human language evolved: We first learned to speak with our HANDS, not ... - Daily Mail

How human language evolved: We first learned to speak with our HANDS, not ... - Daily Mail | World Englishes | Scoop.it
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Cartoonist Ernst captured 'fish-out-of-water' gaijin as they floundered - The Japan Times

Cartoonist Ernst captured 'fish-out-of-water' gaijin as they floundered - The Japan Times | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Cartoonist Ernst captured 'fish-out-of-water' gaijin as they floundered The Japan Times Unwilling to change the name, Ernst then pitched the project to the now-defunct Mainichi Daily News, then the second-largest English-language newspaper in Japan...
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Does Language Shape Thought? - American Spectator

Does Language Shape Thought? - American Spectator | World Englishes | Scoop.it
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Does Language Shape Thought?
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Among scholars of linguistics, Whorfianism was out of favor by the 1960s.
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On modern human origins and the emergence of complex language

On modern human origins and the emergence of complex language | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Also, evidence of subtle genetic changes – relating to the FOXP2 gene, for example – may yield clues about which populations were capable of complex language and which were not. Theories of culture-driven gene ...
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Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic: Creative Guesswork

Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic: Creative Guesswork | World Englishes | Scoop.it

“RT @ItchyFeetComic: This week we learn all about deciphering scary, scary Asian languages! http://t.co/ZPauHJQvEn”;


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The origin of language is….laughter? | EvoAnth

The origin of language is….laughter? | EvoAnth | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Today is April 1st, a good day to talk about laughter and how it may have been one of the most important forces in human evolution. You see, laughter may well have been the precursor to language, allowing us to develop ...
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Viewpoint: Language — a tool of imperialism - The Michigan Daily

Viewpoint: Language — a tool of imperialism - The Michigan Daily | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Viewpoint: Language — a tool of imperialism
The Michigan Daily
Language, and multilingualism specifically, is an essential resource — especially in the age of globalization — but in the case of Arabic, for whom and to what end?

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English as a Lingua Franca – what does it mean for teachers?

English as a Lingua Franca – what does it mean for teachers? | World Englishes | Scoop.it
The English language has experienced a considerable transformation in the last half of the century from a foreign language into 'a transnational lingua franca', which is clearly discernible in the European Union (Bolton ...
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Turning School Into An RPG Where You Level Up By Studying

Turning School Into An RPG Where You Level Up By Studying | World Englishes | Scoop.it
I thought we all agreed gamification was deeply uncool and never to be mentioned again? That hasn't stopped Classcraft's RPG-based program for schools spreading to 25 countries and planning to go freemium.
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Anatomy of The 21st Century Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Anatomy of The 21st Century Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | World Englishes | Scoop.it

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China's Uighurs claim cultural 'genocide' - Aljazeera.com

China's Uighurs claim cultural 'genocide' - Aljazeera.com | World Englishes | Scoop.it
China's Uighurs claim cultural 'genocide' Aljazeera.com The Uighurs feel powerless to defend their historic homeland, their way of life, identity, culture, language and religion from Beijing's ever-intensifying onslaught and Chinese settlers...
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English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet | World Englishes | Scoop.it
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."  (RT @Keffy: yessssss linguistics forever "@SofiaSamatar: English has a new preposition, because Internet.
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A newborn English preposition!