Tag Archives: NPR

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: A Curious Case Of Foreign Accent Syndrome : Shots – Health Blog : NPR

Neurologists and linguists are very intrigued by Foreign Accent Syndom (FAS), an extremely rare disorder that is usually caused by brain trauma.  Today, NPR covered the story of a Portland, Oregon woman who acquired a European-sounding accent, probably, says neurologist … Continue reading

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Language News: Bad Apple Proverbs: There’s One In Every Bunch : NPR

  Bad Apple Proverbs: There’s One In Every Bunch : NPR. Linguist Geoff Nunberg talks to NPR’s Terry Gross about the increased use of proverbs in American talk. Beware:  a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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Language News: What is a language?: When Easy Questions Demand Tough Answers : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

NPR’s Alva Noe discusses the criteria for determining when variation becomes another language and concludes, rightly, that mutual intelligibility isn’t a very effective measure.  The most accurate description of how lay-people actually determine whether or not something is a language … Continue reading

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Language News: Book Review – You Are What You Speak – By Robert Lane Greene – NYTimes.com

Dr. Geoffrey Nunberg reviews Robert Lane Greene’s You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity, a new book about the mythologies people have about language.   Book Review – You Are What You Speak … Continue reading

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Language News: Sam Chwat, Dialect Coach To The Stars (And To Us) | WBUR & NPR

Sam Chwat, a dialect coach to actors like Robert De Niro, Isabella Rossellini, Danny Glover, and Julia Roberts, was interviewed by Terry Gross in 1994.  He passed away this week, and they are replaying his interview on NPR’s Fresh Air … Continue reading

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Language News: College Slang on NPR

Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette’s A Way with Words, featured on many NPR stations, recently covered new college slang terms.  Listen to this episode about “Burrito Babies” to learn what the latest lingo is:   Burrito Baby (full episode) | … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Space Language

Here’s a langauge-based activity for very young students.  The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is actively searching for aliens in planets that NASA thinks show potential for life.  You can read NPR’s coverage of this search in the link below.  The … Continue reading

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Language News: Local Linguists in the News

The local PBS station (WHRO) is airing a documentary about linguistics at 8pm tonight.  It  features two ODU linguists (Dr. Janet Bing and Dr. Joanne Scheibman) discussing the topic of  Code-Switching.  In conjunction with this program, several other media outless have also been discussing … Continue reading

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