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Losing Language

8 Feb 2017 11:51:58

The impact of technology and migration is shaking up the face of Europe in unprecedented ways. The knock-on effect has been keenly felt in the individual languages spoken in the EU member states. Many observers have bemoaned the impact of English on natio...

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Technology, Speech and Language

5 Aug 2014 12:44:21

A recent article ‘Natural language processing: is this the end of the written word?’ on TechRadar trumpets the latest developments in the ability of smartphones to process search queries through the use of voice commands. To quote the article, “Devices no...

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Is English a perversely positive language no matter what is going on in the world? i09.com reports on a new study by mathematicians at the University of Vermont that analyzed millions of online texts to reach a conclusion that English is strongly biased t...

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British invasion?

15 Nov 2011 20:34:24

Nice piece on Language Johnson, an Economist blog dedicated to language use, on the recent influx of  'Britishisms' into American English. Apparently, 'kerfuffle', 'snog', 'nick' and 'cheers' are all happily finding their way into the American vernacular,...

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An amazing step forward in the translation of languages has been made thanks to human and artificial intelligence working together. According to an article in this week's New Scientist, treating languages as a secret code might be the way forward in impro...

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April's Wired Science article announces that the notion of there being a universal way in how languages evolve, affected by place, culture and the common linguistic structures in our brain might be changing. New research states that each language family e...

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Helpful article from the Guardian on how to decode the latest Student-speak argot. You probably feel, like me, too "Teek" to understand "Wagwan"!

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Here's a fun quiz for Friday brought to you by the Language Trainers Group. The quiz features 16 people reading a few lines from Rudyard Kipling's famous poem "If". All you have to do is listen to their accent and guess where they are from through multipl...

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Foreign subtitles improve speech perception for second langauge learners according to a new study by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The research suggests that foreign language acquisition works better when watching foreign film DVDs if th...

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