Languages In The News

“An Infant’s Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says”

“An Infant’s Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says” {0}

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(…)

Are Bilingual People like Brain Bodybuilders?

Are Bilingual People like Brain Bodybuilders? {0}

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(…)

Your Fish Has Got Away: Technology and Minority Languages

Your Fish Has Got Away: Technology and Minority Languages {0}

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?

London’s second languages by tube stop

London’s second languages by tube stop {1}

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(…)

Which language should you learn to speak?

Which language should you learn to speak? {1}

I got Arabic and I’ve been studying Arabic for a year!! This is way too accurate!! Click here and test yourself out.

TED Talk on Loving Your Language

TED Talk on Loving Your Language {0}

Check out this fascinating TED talk given by Suzanne Talhouk, an advocate for the Arabic language, on loving your language. “More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But — what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an(…)