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This week in languages September 8, 2017

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31/08/2017–08/09/2017 Headlines A new study published in Nature Human Behavior has shown that creoles—languages usually produced in “multilingual situations of extreme social upheaval” like colonial slavery—take their grammars from other languages instead of innovating grammar from scratch. According to Martin Haspelmath,…

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This week in languages August 18, 2017

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This week’s round up compiles language news from the last fortnight. 04/08/2017–18/08/2017 Headlines Fascinated by science but terrified of its jargon? Fear not, for a free online programme called the De-Jargonizer has recently been created. The De-Jargonizer is capable of coding…

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This week in languages: June 9, 2017

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02/06/2017–09/06/2017 Headlines A new American Sign Language dictionary recognises something that most others don’t: Sign Language isn’t alphabetical! Naomi Caselli, a language and literacy professor at Boston University worked with a team from Tufts University and San Diego University to…

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This week in languages: June 2, 2017

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26/05/2017–02/06/2017 Headlines Thanks to generations of colonisation and state policy, the Iroquoian language of Mohawk (or Kanyen’kéha) has been experiencing a steep decline in the past few decades. On Thursday, Mohawk was spoken in Canada’s Parliament by Quebec Liberal MP Marc…

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