This recent Time article written by Melissa Locker reports the results of a language-related study and then suggests possible implications. The study described compared three groups of girls in Montreal: one group spoke only French fluently, one group spoke French and Chinese fluently, and the other was composed of girls born in China but raised(…)
We pick up on pronunciation differences between U.S. regions all the time. For example, how do you pronounce the liquid you pour over your pancakes? What do you call a sweet, carbonated beverage? Find out if you identify with your state’s patterns as shown by these interesting maps. http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1
Scientists have talked frequently about the “bilingualism advantage” — which is the ability of bilingual people to better filter out important information from unimportant information. A new study at the University of Houston investigated the brain activations of bilingual and monolingual people in response to an identification task. What they found was that bilingual people(…)
Have you ever noticed the specificity of the language options available on your smartphone? What if this technology migrated to countries where the language is shaped by lifestyles of farming, fishing, and livestock?
Oliver O’Brien, from the geography department at University College London, has created Tube Tongues, a graphic that shows the second language makeup of Britain’s capitol by tube stop. If you’ve ever been to London, this may be interesting for you to click through. If not, it’s still surprising to see how linguistically diverse the city(…)
Last week, Rosalind wrote about Anki, an online flashcard program that you can use to help memorize vocabulary. Quizlet is another one, started originally by a 15-year-old memorizing vocabulary for a French test, and within a few years developing into one of the web’s most popular study sites. You can write your vocabulary, then it can(…)