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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 | Geography & Current Events | 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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3 TED Talks that explore what it means to be human

3 TED Talks that explore what it means to be human | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Fascinating, insightful talks on what it means to be human and live a good life.
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London's iconic black cabs go electric - Times of India

London's iconic black cabs go electric - Times of India | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
They are replacing the old diesel cabs, with more than 9,000 electric taxis — around half the current fleet size — expected to be plying for trade by 2021.
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Madhya Pradesh forest department staff treats tribal squatters savagely

Forest department personnel behaved inhumanly with primitive Saharia tribals while clearing encroachments on reserve forest land in Guna district, a probe has found.
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Resource: Human Geography: People, Places, and Change

Resource: Human Geography: People, Places, and Change | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
1. Imagining New Worlds Cancun, Mexico, looks remarkably different to the international tourists who come to get away, to the Mayan descendants who farm their fathers' land, to the Mexicans who find employment at resorts, and to the global corporations that see opportunity for investments.
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9 TED Talks on faith in the modern world

9 TED Talks on faith in the modern world | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
An exploration of faith’s place in our current, tumultuous times.
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Immigrant voices make democracy stronger

Immigrant voices make democracy stronger | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
In politics, representation matters -- and that's why we should elect leaders who reflect their country's diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. "We have fought to be here," she says, calling immigrant voices to action. "It's our country, too."
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Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map]

Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map] | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Most of the world is divided neatly into distinct nations with clearly defined borders. This map is about the locations that do not fit that model, territories that are claimed by more than one country / occupying force. The conflicts range from major wars whose impact is felt around world (e.g. Islamic State) to minor disagreements over remote, uninhabited rocks (e.g. Rockall Island).
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Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it

The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than usual. And what had happened to Alaska?

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The 15 worst cities for rush hour traffic

The 15 worst cities for rush hour traffic | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Bangkok has the worst rush hour traffic in the world, followed by Mexico City, according to GPS manufacturer TomTom.
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Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found

Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, and the borough of Queens has more than anywhere else, according to the Endangered Language Alliance.
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On language complexity
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Introducing i‐Docs to geography: exploring interactive documentary's nonlinear imaginaries

This paper introduces interactive documentaries, or i‐Docs, to geography through an analysis of one i‐Doc, Gaza Sderot. I‐Docs are an increasingly popular documentary form. Broadly defined b
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The 21 Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The 21 Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
From ancient cities to expansive landscapes, these 21 marvels are essential pieces of our shared heritage.
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IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Russia were banned from the 2018 Olympics on Tuesday over state-sponsored doping but the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Russian competitors would be able to compete "under strict conditions".
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Russia: The failure of democracy and the rise of totalitarianism | The Guardian Members

Russia: The failure of democracy and the rise of totalitarianism | The Guardian Members | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
A century after the revolution that dismantled the Tsarist autocracy, Russia is still grappling with totalitarianism. The …
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How not to be ignorant about the world

How not to be ignorant about the world | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
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What makes one place difference from another? Why does someone's physical environment matter?

What makes one place difference from another? Why does someone's physical environment matter? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Where We're From & Who We Are
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The Korean Missile Crisis

The Korean Missile Crisis | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
It is time for the U.S. government to admit that it has failed to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States.
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Why ordinary people need to understand power

Why ordinary people need to understand power | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
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29 Exotic McDonald’s Dishes Around the World

29 Exotic McDonald’s Dishes Around the World | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Serving approximately 64 million customers daily in 119 countries around the world, Mcdonald’s is easily the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain. Employing over 1.5 million people in more than 31,000 chains, McDonald’s offers a variety of exotic dishes to cater to the unique local tastes of the countries they operate in. In India where beef is forbidden, many of the burgers are substituted with chicken. In Japan, well, there’s just a huge variety of interestingness…
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Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea

Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China's territorial ambitions in the maritime region.
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Unit 1/3 - Toponyms; Unit 4 - Exclusive Economic Zones, Laws of the Sea, Sovereignty
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Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found

Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, and the borough of Queens has more than anywhere else, according to the Endangered Language Alliance.
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Prince Harry praises teacher 'compassion' - BBC News

Prince Harry praises teacher 'compassion' - BBC News | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The best teachers go beyond academic lessons to pass on lessons in compassion, says Prince Harry.
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How to make awesome interactive map using Google Sheets in under 1 minute? - Geoawesomeness

How to make awesome interactive map using Google Sheets in under 1 minute? - Geoawesomeness | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Tweet Share on Facebook Share Share Email Pin Pocket Flipboard From time to time you need to very quickly make a choropleth map based on a spreadsheet. There are a lot of different ways to do it but most of them require registering in one of the mapping services, having Excel plugin or a GIS software installed. …
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