Indonesia May Impose New Local Language Test Law

Indonesia May Impose New Local Language Test Law {0}

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.

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Why Gendered Names of Hurricanes May Be a Bad Idea

Why Gendered Names of Hurricanes May Be a Bad Idea {0}

“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(…)

English India

English India {0}

Check out this interview with Spandan Banerjee about his new documentary English India, which explores the complicated relationship modern India and Indians have with English.

Using evolutionary biology techniques to study language development

Using evolutionary biology techniques to study language development {0}

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(…)

World Language Instruction in New Jersey

World Language Instruction in New Jersey {0}

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(…)

What’s The Second Most Common Language In Each Country?

What’s The Second Most Common Language In Each Country? {1}

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!