The Changing Landscape of Languages

The reason that languages change due to generational differences is called language learning. There are also a number of other reasons that languages change such as language contact, social differentiation and natural processes in usage.

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American Sign Language 101

Every language employs different strategies to distinguish when a question versus a statement is being raised. For example, English speakers ask a question by raising the pitch of their voices whereas ASL users ask a question by raising their eyebrows, widening their eyes, and tilting their bodies forward.

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Linguistics

How to Overcome Common Linguistic Problems

The interpretation process has many elements and can be
ineffective if not properly managed. Here are a few tips
to overcome possible linguistic barriers when using an
interpreter:

Technical Terms
It is always advisable not to use technical terms wh....Read the Full Article


What Makes a Word Profane?

Generally speaking stress is exertion, mental or physical, that is overly demanding and if exposed to it for long periods of time can cause major health issues. HelpGuide.com says:

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The Confusing Words for Small Number Sets

To some this statement may seem post-apocalyptical or at least a sign of when the robots rise up, laying siege to our society and eventually taking over our world, playing out the plot of the countless robot movies on the world stage. But, more rationally speaking this is not the case. We have been using technology ever since we became what we call man.

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The Explanatory Gap

Now imagine trying to explain to one of these people what colour is…

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The Dethroning of Awesome

Lists. We love them and we see them everywhere. Just scrolling through your social media feeds you will come across a multitude of them from “top ten new shows to watch” to “five ways to dress better for the fall”. They are a great way to organize things and are universally understood due to the simple sequential numbering system. They also play into our need for tidbits of information by telling us right from the get-go how much information is contained within the story or link which also gives us an immediate notion of how much attention and time the story will demand from us.

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What is a Conlang?

But in thirty one years a lot will have changed and there will also be far less languages to talk about.

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How Many Words Do You Know?

From the moment we are born we are learning and taking in information. Right now, in this very second while you are reading these words you are taking in new information and (hopefully) learning something new. This does not depend on your age or any other factor, the only determinant is that you are reading and using your mental lexicon which is like your personal dictionary to put meaning to each word and sentence.

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The Future of the English Language

It is the year 2114.  And you are on your way to an adventure.

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Do We Think in Words?

It is incredible efficient and incredible complex.

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The Origin of Language: One or Many?

If you walk through the streets of one of these mega cities or any city for that matter you will see and hear many different things. But one thing remains constant among all the world’s cities no matter which culture you are a part of or place you reside.

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Language and its Effect on Decision Making

Now it’s time to think, well at least a little.

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The Global Sport

When tomorrow comes the biggest sporting event in the world will begin in Brazil. The FIFA World Cup brings the best soccer (football) players in the world together to represent their country and their home. Players that normally play apart will cast aside their club team colours for ones with their home country’s colours and will stand together.

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The Loss of World Languages

It’s a beautiful story where friendship prevails and it saves a dying language. But did you know that on average every 14 days a language becomes extinct?

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The Language of Colours

The eye is a magnificent thing.

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Vying for the Language Throne

But will it always remain this way or will some other language take hold of the throne?

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The Ever Changing Face of Language

The first and most obvious answer would be technology. As we have developed new technologies to meet the demands of the ever growing world population we have had to develop new words to express what the technology is. In some situations like the internet a snowball effect exists where one invention creates a landslide of new words that people have to incorporate into their word database which in turn creates other words.

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