Chicago recently had an important mayoral election, and as a Chicago-an myself, I like to remember where the importance of language comes into play for people in real life situations outside of language study. One of these instances is the case of which languages appear on your ballot. Chicago recently added Hindi onto its list,(…)
Languages In The News
The Modern Language Association (MLA) reports that despite rising college attendance, the number of students enrolled in foreign-language courses has dropped overall since 2009, that last time students were surveyed. A number of reasons are proposed, including the recession, a greater number of new course offerings, and a wider availability of language courses in primary and(…)
When you learn a language, do you do it sitting down quietly? A study by the Max Planck institute in Germany says that you’ll probably learn better if you add in some full-body gestures to your study practices. Participants in the study were “taught” a made-up language, with one group only reading and listening, another group watching videos(…)
Linguists at UC Berkeley have completed new research that supports the Kurgan (or steppe) hypothesis of the cradle of all Indo-European languages. Despite the original article’s title, the researchers have certainly not pinpointed the origin of Indo-European (which encompasses English, Latin, Hindi, Greek, Irish, Kurdish, Ukrainian, and many, many more). The debate will rage on,(…)
When a natural disaster or some sort of other emergency is reported on TV, sign language interpreters are often hired to translate on screen so that the hearing-impaired who use sign language may get the same message as everyone else. Recently, they have been gaining a lot of attention.
Just like endangered animals, speakers of a language, too, can become sparse, taking their language with them into ‘extinction.’ BBC News finds possible links between economic success and ‘language extinction,’ although specific numbers are hard to find on the matter. Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: “As economies develop, one(…)