Preschool children learning about letters and words through play.
In a memo addressed to state administrators across , Prime Minister François Fillon ordered the honorific — akin to “damsel” and the equivalent of “miss” — banished from official forms and registries.
Once, people looking at porn on their computer kept a quickly clickable screen image on hand -- say, a letter to their mother -- should someone enter the room.
SpecGram >> Early Edition >> Linguistic Poems for Valentine’s Day 2012 From the SpecGram Podcast For your amusement as Valentine’s Day approaches, we present a collection of recordings of various poems that have appeared in SpecGram and our sister publications over the years, all read by Editor-in-Love Jonathan van der Meer.
1 February 2012 Last updated at 04:29 GMT By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News
If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation.
λ♥[love] is written and sung by Christine Collins , a writer and self-described time traveller [ Doctor Who fan] from the U.S. She describes it as “a convenient, terminology-dropping, non-gender-specific love song for all your linguist-seducing needs”.
Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners.
Sea kittens talk to each other through squeaks, squeals, and other low-frequency sounds that humans can only hear through special instruments.
Before a green-rumped parrotlet is even able to chirp and squawk, mom and dad teach it a distinct series of sounds used by parrots to recognize a specific individual. In short, they give their nestling a name. Researchers have observed captive parrots using so-called contact calls to identify mates and family members, but didn’t know how birds were named in the wild.
Language may shape human thought - suggests a counting study in a Brazilian tribe whose language does not define numbers above two. Hunter-gatherers from the Pirahã tribe, whose language only contains words for the numbers one and two, were unable to reliably tell the difference between four objects placed in a row and five in the same configuration, revealed the study. Experts agree that the startling result provides the strongest support yet for the controversial hypothesis that the language available to humans defines our thoughts.
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