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This week in languages: Dec 11, 2015

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04/12/15–11/12/15 Headlines Scientists at McGill University (Canada) found that French-speaking children who were exposed to Chinese language at a very young age showed bilingual brain activity in fMRI scans later in life—even if they cannot speak a Chinese language. The…

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This week in languages: Dec 4, 2015

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27/11/15–04/12/15 Headlines Using the Uni gadget, an automatic American Sign Language (ASL) translator that can be attached on a tablet, deaf persons can now better communicate with hearing people who don’t know ASL! Uni records sign language gestures and translates them into speech,…

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Grassrooting Glossa

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In the field of academic publishing, things often move slowly. Papers take a year or two to get to print, after rounds of editing going back and forth between reviewers and authors. Which is why I was surprised when the…

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This week in languages: Nov 27, 2015

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20/11/15–27/11/15 Headlines In Maioli city in west Taiwan, a radio station has initiated a programme to encourage Miaoli’s young people to speak Hakka. 大漢之音FM97.1 (‘Voice of Hakka Radio FM97.1’) hosts the “Heinai” (Hakka for ‘it’s me’) programme in a bid to encourage a thriving Hakka…

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This week in languages: Nov 20, 2015

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13/11/15–20/11/15 Headlines A team from Newcastle University appears to have found that both monkeys and humans appear to be able to recognise the sequential nature of language after observing both species’ brain activity in response to several “made up language sequences”. As team leader Chris…

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This week in languages: Nov 13, 2015

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06/11/15–13/11/15 Headlines Turkey’s first Kurdish search engine: Serketin is now live! Serketin—meaning ‘success’ in the Kurdish language—took five years of research and technical development, and would enable video sharing and functionality in other Turkish language like Armenian, Laz, and Zazaki in the future, according…

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This week in languages: Nov 6, 2015

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30/10/15–06/11/15 Headlines For four years, Punjabi has been the third most spoken language in Canada where only 1.3% of the population are native Punjai speakers. After the recent election of 20 Punjabi-speaking lawmakers—who make up 6% of the House of Commons—Canada includes…

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Weaving ropes of language

by on November 4, 2015

How do you visualise language learning? Perhaps you imagine building a tower, brick by brick. Or perhaps you see it more like furnishing an empty room. Or perhaps you swallow each word by the spoonful and let it become a…

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This week in languages: Oct 30, 2015

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23/10/15–30/10/15 Headlines The governments of Malta and Malaysia have both launched efforts to review and solicit feedback regarding their individual language education policies. Malta rolled out a consultative document looking to review and update Malta’s policies for younger students, entitled “A Language Policy for the Early…

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