Category Archives: Language News
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
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!
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
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
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
Juliet Lapidos, a writer for Slate Magazine, covers the work of Dr. Connie Eble, who has been studying slang for several decades.
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.