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Twitter opens up multi-language advertising

Twitter has introduced a new feature that will allow advertisers to target users on its platform based on their language.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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

New method for predicting autism in children

Researchers have put forward a method for predicting autism in infants by examining how their brain reacts as they attempt to speak and process language.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Why do many girls learn to speak earlier than boys?

A gene called FOXP2 is regarded by many scientists as essential for speech in humans. New research has shown that the building blocks of the gene are more abundant in young girls than boys.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Scientists work to preserve Aramaic language spoken by Jesus

Cambridge - British scientists have been attempting to preserve Aramaic, a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Arabic, once spoken by Jesus Christ. A professor of linguistics is now making recordings of the language.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Phonics pronk - Do education experts need to go back to school?

The Synthetic Phonics test, devised by educational experts, to test the reading ability of six year old children suggests educational experts may have a rather limited vocabulary and need to return to school.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 4 comments

Jamaican New Testament published

The Bible has been translated into many languages over the centuries. The people of Jamaica now have the New Testament in their own vernacular. The achievement is the culmination of twenty years' academic work.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 12 comments

Young white children choose language over race as a social marker

University of Chicago researchers discovered that for young white children language can be more significant than race in defining a person’s identity. For young black children, different results emerged.
In the Media by Lesley Lanir - 1 comment

Monkeys can possibly 'read'

A recent study has indicated that monkeys can "read", or at least distinguish real words from a nonsense jumble of letters.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Inappropriate language for Hamilton Music Awards Show Special

Hamilton - At the recent 2011 Hamilton Music Awards, the host, Tom Wilson, who is also a well-known musician, was congenial and often funny. He was also prone to using expletives to build up excitement.
Digital Journal Report by Viga Boland - 4 comments

Debate heats up over English-only bills introduced in Minnesota

Saint Paul - A group of Minnesota Republican State Senators and Representatives have introduced similar legislative bills in the House and the Senate that would make English the official state language. The bills have been called racist and an attack on immigration.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Dog has a vocabulary of over 1,000 words, study shows

Spartanburg - A South Carolina border collie has been tested and found to have a vocabulary exceeding 1,000 words. During a three year period of extensive training, Chaser was taught the names of 1,022 toys and has been able to easily recall all of them.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 5 comments

Tempers flare as new Quebec language bill is passed

Quebec - There were raised voices and heated tempers as Quebec politicians argued with one another over a new law regarding who qualifies to attend the province’s English public schools, but the new language bill passed by a vote of 61 to 54.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 2 comments

New language discovered in India

As the rest of India hastily rushes to finish off preparations for the Delhi Commonwealth Games, a team of National Geographic researchers are conducting investigations on the opposite side of the country; and finding more than they bargained for.
In the Media by Aidan Phillips

Archaeologists dig up 400-year-old letter, find a lost language

Some 400 years ago in North Peru, a Spaniard had jotted down numbers on the back of a letter. The small piece of paper has now been excavated by archaeologists and it has revealed traces of a lost language.
In the Media by Subir Ghosh - 6 comments

Britain declaring war on 'Americanisms'

British journalist Matthew Engel, a columnist on the Financial Times and contributor to the Daily Mail, has incited Britons to speak out against American words and phrases taking over the UK.
In the Media by Laura Trowbridge - 18 comments

Dolphin learns to use an iPad to communicate with mankind

Last week, a young bottle-nose dolphin named Merlin became the first of his species to join the growing number of enthusiasts using the Apple iPad when he was able to successfully recognize and touch pictures on the screen to match objects he was shown.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 5 comments

Migraines give English woman Chinese accent

A 35-year-old woman from Devon county in South West England began speaking with a Chinese accent after suffering migraine headaches.
In the Media by Laura Trowbridge - 23 comments

Homer Simpson is 'most influential wordsmith since Shakespeare'

The Simpsons has brought us incessantly lasting phrases like "eat my shorts!" and "d'oh," but which has been the most influential on the English language?
In the Media by Michael Billy - 2 comments

Boa Senior dies at 85, and with her a language and a culture

Boa Senior, an 85-year-old woman and last member of an Andaman tribe believed to be among the oldest human cultures on Earth, has died. And with her the language called Bo, and the culture that spoke this language, has also perished.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen - 3 comments

Minister orders end to quarter century of cooperation

The Torah and Vocational Institute's history may not be long but it has been exciting and occasionally combative. The latest battle may prove to be its last though.
In the Media by Bob Gordon
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Messages received through a hypnotic state may not seem valid - but there could be a connection with...
Messages received through a hypnotic state may not seem valid - but there could be a connection with another aspect of the person's physical reality. Some people speak in 'tongues' when hypnotized. This is called Polyglot or Xenoglot. Message gleamed through past life regression therapy allow the individual - insight into a collective memory and greater understanding of their behavior in this time line.
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An example of 'Franglais' - the use of English words and phrases in French - in a Parisian restaurant
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