Tag Archives: TED

Resources: Sociolinguistic Videos on Mitra Science

Mitra Science collects science videos on the web.  Here’s a link to their sociolinguistic collection. Advertisements

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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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Language Fun: Rajesh Rao’s Ted Talk about cracking the Indus script

Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus script | Video on TED.com.

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Resources: Patricia Ryan says “Don’t insist on English!” | Video on TED.com

TEDxDubai hosts Patricia Ryan, a language teacher at Zayed University.  Ryan speaks against English-only ideologies and begs the question:  “I ask you, what happened to translation?”  And, she provides examples where knowledge of a different language has helped to push … Continue reading

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Resources: Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together | Video on TED.com

Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to enter space, is a doctor and an avid dancer.  In this 2002 TED talk she calls for the U.S. to reintegrate science and art instruction.  Art, she says, cannot simply be creative … Continue reading

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Resources: Deb Roy’s The birth of a word | Video on TED.com

Deb Roy, an MIT researcher, wired his own home to study the language acquisition patterns of his son.  He recorded 8-10 hours a day for 3 years, amassing 90,000 hours of video and 140,000 hours of audio. His talk at … Continue reading

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Language News: Courtney Martin at TED -and- Thinkmap on the words of “Feminism”

Today is International Women’s Day, and many sites on the web are honoring the day.  Here are two important links: 1) TED has released a new video from their speaker series.  Courtney Martin, responsible for the blog Feministing, discusses her … Continue reading

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Language News: Ignite Pittsburgh

Dr. Scott Kiesling is a sociolinguist at the University of Pittsburgh.  Recently, he ignited the stage as part of a speaker series called Ignite Pittsburgh, a TED like program designed to spark ideas among its audience members through short, but … Continue reading

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Resources: Optimnem

Tomorrow begins the next round of TED talks, and on the list this year is Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant who has developed his own language-learning program.  We’ll have to wait to hear whether he talks about language/linguistics this week, … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Today (February 21, 2011) is the 11th annual International Mother Language Day.  It’s the day that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) asks us to recognize and honor the strength that linguistic diversity brings us.   This blog has … Continue reading

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