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Physics of bubbles could explain language patterns

Aug 04, 2017

Physics of bubbles could explain language patterns
“Traditional dialectologists use the term ‘isogloss’ to describe a line on a map marking an area which has a distinct linguistic feature. Dr Burridge said: ‘These isoglosses are like the edges of …

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Cardinal Sins of Translation #8: Ignore the Language Police

Aug 04, 2017

Cardinal Sins of Translation #8: Ignore the Language Police
“Why would you ever break the very rules that you, as a language professional, are supposed to enforce to the letter? The simple answer would be to improve communication. We …

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We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

Aug 04, 2017

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages
“[F]or the continent of Australia it appears that a small number of factors—limitations rainfall places on population density and limits on group size—might explain both the number of …

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Life as a Bilingual—Do Musicians Make Better Language Learners?

Aug 04, 2017

Life as a Bilingual—Do Musicians Make Better Language Learners?
“Do people with musical training have an easier time learning foreign languages? Or is it the other way around and it is our language experience that makes us better musicians?”

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Translated Love video

Aug 04, 2017

Translated Love video
“Translated Love is an original song featuring the most languages on the same track in the history of music.”
Listen in—

Translated …

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Babies can understand the difference between two languages while in the womb, scientists find

Aug 04, 2017

Babies can understand the difference between two languages while in the womb, scientists find
“‘These results suggest that language development may indeed start in utero,’ said Utako Minai, associate professor of linguistics at the University of Kansas and the …

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This Day In History: Rosetta Stone Found

Aug 04, 2017

This Day In History: Rosetta Stone Found
“On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of …

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Millions of Words, Hundreds of Events: Inside FIFA’s Language Service

Jul 26, 2017

Millions of Words, Hundreds of Events: Inside FIFA’s Language Service
“You would expect the organizer of what is regarded as the world’s most widely viewed sporting event to have a pretty robust language services department. But the numbers will …

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Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts

Jul 26, 2017

Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts
“Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring …

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My language, my heart

Jul 26, 2017

My language, my heart
“Inuinnaqtun could be gone in just two generations. The language (pronounced ee-NOO-ee-NAHK-toon) is traditionally spoken in three Inuit communities in the Western Arctic: Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Ulukhaktok….It’s not clear how many Inuinnaqtun speakers …

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