According to BBC news, Indonesia is looking to implement a new law that will require foreigners seeking employment in Indonesia to take a local language test in order to be granted permission to work in the country.
“In 1978, the World Meteorological Organization began using both genders to name hurricanes, in alternation. Research by Kiju Jung of the University of Illinois and colleagues, published in 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that, on the average, serious hurricanes in the U.S. with female names caused more deaths than those with(…)
What happens if you study words like you study the life history of a species? This article talks about a technique of analyzing language that uses the same computational methods as for phylogeny– studying how species relate to their genetics. It looks at commonly-used words within languages, and tries to date when certain languages diverged(…)
In an editorial on world language instruction in the New Jersey Flemington-Raritan School District, the Hunterdon County Democrat Editorial Board lays out several reasons that early language instruction is important; beyond a few common reasons (higher test scores across subjects, better executive function, delaying the onset of dementia, slightly higher salaries as adults), the editorial board points out(…)
Determining the primary language in a given country isn’t too tough, because it’s usually the official language. But what about the second-most used tongue? Click here and play with this interactive graph!