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Word lovers rejoice as OK celebrates 175 years

Washington - Whatever you're doing this Sunday, wherever you might be, take a moment to reflect on the most popular word in the English language, OK?It will be 175 years since OK -- or, as some prefer, okay -- first appeared in print, on page two of The Boston Morn...
In the Media by Robert MacPherson (AFP)

What makes a jazz musician tick?

Baltimore - With jazz maestros, some areas of the brain that typically process language are highly active, according to a new study, which was carried out at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Not just baby talk: Chatting spurs brain development

Chicago - Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, researchers said.And while high-pitched, sing-song tones may capture your baby's attention, the best way for the...
In the Media by Mira Oberman (AFP)

Language a hurdle as Germany seeks foreign doctors

Berlin - Germany is relying more on foreign doctors to fix a crunch in its healthcare system but a notoriously daunting language barrier is complicating patient care, with potentially disastrous results.
In the Media by Carolyn Beeler (AFP)

Guilty man wants to return books he took 25 years ago

Cambridge - Spaniard Iñaki Buenaposada studied English in Cambridge in the UK some 25 years ago, when he was just 16. He took some books from what he thought was garbage and kept them, but now wishes to return them.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Watching television changes people's accents

Scots might find themselves adopting Cockney slang after research found that watching television could be a factor in accent change.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks - 1 comment

National award for aboriginal language preservation Special

Dar Es Salaam - A University of Dar es Salaam indigenous languages revitalization program is being recognized nationally for its excellence in aboriginal education.
Digital Journal Report by Neema Tele - 2 comments

Op-Ed: PC gone mad? 'Man up' now amongst unacceptable terms at Anfield

Liverpool - In an attempt to banish verbal abuse and discrimination from Anfield, the staff of Liverpool Football Club have been issued with a guide to unacceptable language, although some may argue that it's political correctness gone mad.
In the Media by Christopher Bates

Studying bird song explains how babies learn to speak

New York - Researchers have identified similarities between the way birds learn new songs and how babies learn to speak. It all comes down to transitions between syllables.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Understanding how language works, a Q&A with Ben Bergen Special

San Diego - Ever wondered how we make sense of language? Ben Bergen’s book, “Louder Than Words: The New Science of How The Mind Makes Meaning” offers a new approach as to how we come to understand language through a process known as "embodied simulation."
Digital Journal Report by Lesley Lanir - 2 comments
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