Category Archives: Language News

Language News: “Academic Ignorance and Black Intelligence” Labov’s 1972 Atlantic Article

At one point, grammar was the center of education (think of the term “grammar school”), but we seem to have fallen from grace.  Today, linguist are more than a little horrified by what passes for grammar education in this country: … Continue reading

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Language News: The Subtleties of Marketing Beer to Latinos

Quite often, news-stories about beer commercials focus on the objectification of women.  While such objectification is certainly an important topic, the meta-discussion of beer commercials on NPR last August offered a refreshingly new topic: the ethnic patterns of beer marketing.  As … Continue reading

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Language News: Facebook translation

Facebook appears to have launched a new translation tool.  No gaurantees on how accurate it might be, but machine translation is defintely improving.  Let us know what you think!

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Language News: Cleverbots are not Unicorns (But please don’t tell them I said so!)

The creation of Artificial Intelligence–computers that talk like real human beings–has been extremely challenging.  Significant progress has been made, but teaching computers to recognize things like sarcasm has been notably difficult.  This week, researchers at Cornell University made big news … Continue reading

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On August 16, the LingEducator blog posted a link to news coverage of  research on pronoun usage by social psychologist Dr. James W. Pennebaker.  You may recall that Pennebaker’s interest in pronouns developed out of investigations of journaling in mental … Continue reading

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Language News: Consciousness of Taino | Explorations of Identity

Jose Barreiro, of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian covers the contrast between the names imposed upon Native American peoples and those which they prefer to use among themselves in a piece about the Taino.  His article in … Continue reading

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Language News: Haitian Creoles and Education

In this link, the BBC’s Lawrence Pollard interviews Dr. Michel DeGraff about a linguistic issue every teacher should know about: teaching students whose native language patterns are different than those which are expected in the classroom. DeGraff, a linguistics professor … Continue reading

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Language News: Slate Magazine covers Slang

Juliet Lapidos, a writer for Slate Magazine, covers the work of Dr. Connie Eble, who has been studying slang for several decades.

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Language News: TED | The truth about stories

TED always offers engaging videos. This collection features the importance of language in our everyday lives. Speakers include Elif Shafak (The Politics of Fiction), Chimamanda Adichie (The danger of a single story) and story-collector Jonathan Harris.

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Required Reading on Multilingualism

The article linked below should be required reading. Especially for teachers, speech-language pathologists, and parents. (But really, everybody should know this.) The article, “Recommending Monolingualism to Multilinguals – Why and Why Not” by Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, is featured on ASHA’s blog, and … Continue reading

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