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This week in languages: December 2, 2016

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25/11/2016–02/12/2016 Headlines From describing hypersensitive millennials to being used as a generic insult for thin-skinned politicians or resistance to free speech, the term snowflake has become “the most combustible insult of 2016” writes The Guardian. Early learning of words “is…

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This week in languages: November 4, 2016

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21/10/2016–04/11/2016 Headlines Fancy using virtual reality to learn a language? ImmerseMe, “believed to be the world’s first” such tool, affords travellers the opportunity to “learn practical language skills” for interacting in foreign places, for example, to make purchases and to…

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This week in languages: October 28, 2016

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21/10/2016–28/10/2016 Headlines Californian voters are being asked to overturn a law restricting bilingual education in public schools. This comes in the wake of wait lists and increasing enrolments for dual-language programmes. In one such programme in Cahuenga Elementary School, teachers…

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This week in languages: October 21, 2016

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14/10/2016–21/10/2016 Headlines Applications for this year’s Endangered Languages Documentary Programme grant cycle for linguistic documentation of endangered languages is now open! Every year, the Programme offers four grant types for applicants affiliated to entities that handle grants and who have experience in…

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This week in languages: October 14, 2016

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07/10/2016–14/10/2016 Headlines Aiyoh! Aiyah! Scrumdiddlyumptious! What do all these words have in common? They belong to the Oxford English Dictionary, which has just included a handful of South Indian English words this month. 10 October was Indigenous People’s Day on Duwamish Land, Seattle,…

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This week in languages: October 7, 2016

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30/09/2016–07/10/2016 Headlines Speech sound disorders are estimated to affect 10% of children in the US. Byun Lab at the New York University Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is working to develop an app for speech therapists called staRt! The app is intended…

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