Monthly Archives: March 2009

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

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This is me

One of the seminars I went to this week was on innovation in London English. One interesting point noticed by the researchers was the range of quotatives being used. Quotatives are words and expressions used to introduce reported speech, including “I said” and “she went”. The most common quotative among young Londoners is “be like”, […]

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Playing school

The subject of children playing school came up today in a lecture in the context of how children acquire literacy. The study we were discussing focused on literacy in monolingual English families and polyglot Bangladeshi families in a poor area of London. The researchers found that in the Bangladeshi families it was almost always the […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

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Language learning and accents

Today we have a guest post by Jeff Foster. Without a doubt, I am a language enthusiast. My goal is to become fluent in 3 languages by the time I graduate from high school. Those languages are Spanish, Italian, and Russian, in addition to English obviously. Using my Spanish class in school as a base […]

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Gesture and speech

I went to an interesting seminar yesterday which discussed the use of gestures in bilinguals and monolinguals. Research in Canada and China found that bilinguals tend to gesture more overall than monolinguals, and that they gesture more in their less dominant language. It was also found that gestures were most frequent when people were trying […]

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This mysterious writing is the signature on a painting that the owner believes to be one or two hundred years old. This writing appears on an old “Ibrik” Armenian copper coffee pot and the owner believes it to be a date.

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Benefits of learning Latin

Studying Latin can improve you SAT scores and can help you get into a good college, according to an article I found today. Increasing numbers of students in the USA are studying Latin for a variety of reasons – to increase their chances of being accepted by a good college, to help with their English, […]

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Mr. Passenger is Informed

Today we have a guest post by Paul Sawers, a Communications Executive at Lingo24. As one of the few mono-linguists working for a very multi-lingual translation company (Lingo24 – even the programmers can speak at least two languages…), I certainly don’t think I’m in any less of a position to comment on some of the […]

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Southwest script

The longest running text in the undeciphered Southwest script of Iberia was discovered recently in southern Portugal, according to an article I found today. The script dates back to about 800-500 BC and quite a few fragments of texts have been found. Some experts believe the texts were written by pre-Roman tribes such as the […]

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