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Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it
With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows.
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Index Diachronica v.6.1

Index Diachronica v.6.1 | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it

A collection of historical sound changes that I curate. Feedback and (cited) submissions are encouraged."

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On Craftsmanship: The Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf’s Voice, 1937

On Craftsmanship: The Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf’s Voice, 1937 | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it

"Words belong to each other."

On April 29, 1937, as part of their Words Fail Me series, BBC broadcast a segment that survives as the only recorded voice of Virginia Woolf.

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"They do not like to have their purity or their impurity discussed. If you start a Society for Pure English, they will show their resentment by starting another for impure English — hence the unnatural violence of much modern speech; it is a protest against the puritans. They are highly democratic, too; they believe that one word is as good as another; uneducated words are as good as educated words, uncultivated words as cultivated words, there are no ranks or titles in their society. Nor do they like being lifted out on the point of a pen and examined separately. They hang together, in sentences, in paragraphs, sometimes for whole pages at a time. They hate being useful; they hate making money; they hate being lectured about in public. In short, they hate anything that stamps them with one meaning or confines them to one attitude, for it is their nature to change."

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Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet

Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it
What the anatomy of your tongue has to do with ship flags and the evolution of human communication.


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Boontling: A Lost American Language

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Watch the video Boontling: A Lost American Language on Yahoo! Screen

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 12, 2013 4:53 PM

In Booneville, CA, local residents literally created their own language over 150 years ago and had it was locally accepted enough to be taught within the school district.  This language of Boontling (Boont Lingo) but one that the younger generation has not fully adopted, but is still spoken by the older residents. 


Tags: folk culture, language, culture, rural, unit 3 culture, California.

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Action on language tuition urged

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MPs and peers call for a modern languages recovery programme to aid UK economy.
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Unofficial trailer for my forthcoming book, Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic.
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For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope - NPR (blog)

For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope - NPR (blog) | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it
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Of the estimated 7,000 languages that are spoken around the world, UNESCO projects half will disappear by the end of the century.
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Native language skills key to Inuit academic success: report

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Government, parents urged to step up to help Inuit children make the grade... [excerpt] Aboriginal leaders say governments, businesses and parents must all step up to improve the dismal state of education for Inuit children.

“We need to do much more to get the graduation rates up in terms of our kids who aren't getting through school,” Mary Simon, head of Canada's national Inuit group, said Thursday at the release of a report on the future of Inuit education.


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Becoming Italian Word by Word: Michelangelo "Draws" the Italian Language

Becoming Italian Word by Word: Michelangelo "Draws" the Italian Language | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it

How to communicate if you don't speak or read a language? Draw it! (Disegnalo!)
Michelangelo, of course, knew that well. It was a common practice in the old days to hand-draw (disegnare a mano) items for the illiterate, such as Michelangelo's servant in this case. [...]


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John Lesko's curator insight, February 21, 2014 10:59 AM

... And just as interesting is the fact that one can hand-draw items for our very literate clients too. Doodle with a purpose. Think and communicate like Michelangelo.

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What Happens if a Child Is Never Exposed to Language?

What Happens if a Child Is Never Exposed to Language? | Languages and Linguistics | Scoop.it
Children learn the language(s) that they hear and see around them at a young age, but what happens if a child just never has any linguistic input, spoken or signed?
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