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Pleasure of learning new words. From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings.

Pleasure of learning new words

First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established. In a study published in the journal Current Biology, researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) have experimentally proved that human adult word learning exhibit activation not only of cortical language regions but also of the ventral striatum, a core region of reward processing.

Results confirm that the motivation to learn is preserved throughout the lifespan, helping adults to acquire a second language. Subcortical areas are closely related to those that help to store information. Motivation for learning a second language. C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing. By Maria Popova “The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author’s mind.”

C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing

“I don’t write for children,” the late and great Maurice Sendak said in his final interview. “I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’” J.R.R. Single Quotation Marks Versus Double Quotation Marks. Today's topic is single quotation marks versus double quotation marks.

Single Quotation Marks Versus Double Quotation Marks

SPONSORED BY AUDIBLE.COM, the Internet's leading provider of audiobooks with more than 75,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and periodicals. For a free audiobook of your choice, go to How to Use Double Quotation Marks. Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing Their Sentences. Maybe this is something we can apply to Popular Science posts?

Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing Their Sentences

A team of computer scientists has developed software that's able to predict whether a book will be popular based on its writing style, the U.K.'s Telegraph reports. The software learned this trick from analyzing 800 books from Project Gutenberg, an online archive of public domain works, and comparing the books' word use and grammar with how often they've been downloaded. For some books, the computer scientists also considered Amazon sales data and awards such as Pulitzer Prizes. The books were of all different genres and types, ranging from novels to poetry, and from love stories to sci-fi. Some of the qualities the software identified in popular books sound just like what your writing teachers have been trying to tell you forever. Other secrets to writing success were less intuitive. How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word.

Writing Tips: Using Sentence Length to Mirror Action. Revising Your Paper for Content. How To Detect All of the Bullshit. Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader. Rewriting – A Checklist for Authors. 30 questions to ask when you're rewriting your novel Taken from Writers Write -How to write a book.

Rewriting – A Checklist for Authors

Join our Writers Write course. Email for details. If you enjoyed this post, you will love 15 Questions Authors Should Ask Characters and 17 Ways To Make your Novel More Memorable, How to use a semicolon. How Hyphen Use Changes Over Time. The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language.

Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief. Bad language could be good for you, a new study shows.

Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief

The Internet Is Killing Most Languages. You might be living through another mass extinction of species—brought on by us humans, who have been changing climate and fragmenting habitats at an increasing clip—but what you probably don't know is that you might also be living through a mass extinction of human languages—brought on by the magic of the internet.

The Internet Is Killing Most Languages

According to a paper titled “Digital Language Death,” just published in PLOS One, less than five percent of the 7,000 languages spoken today will ascend to the digital realm. Granted, languages have been dying as long as they’ve been spoken, but the Endangered Languages Project reports that “the pace at which languages are disappearing today has no precedent and is alarming.” András Kornai, author of the new paper, blames the internet for why we’re more likely to be speaking French than, say, Mandinka, in the future. 5 Insane Ways Movie Titles Are Translated Around the World. Some of my favorite Hollywood movies when I was a kid were Dad Forever, My Poor Little Angel, and S.O.S.

5 Insane Ways Movie Titles Are Translated Around the World

There's a Crazy Man Loose in Space. Copywriting 101: How to Craft Compelling Copy. A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit. However fabulous Creative Commons and Public Domain content may be, sometimes you really need to use copyrighted material.

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit

Say you plan to comment on popular media or current events. Excellent Classroom Poster on How to Cite Information from Internet. A Cool Flowchart to Teach Students How to Cite and Credit Images. February 26, 2014 With the massive uptake of web 2.0 technologies knowledge becomes much more democratized and anyone with internet connection can virtually access, read, re-use, and share online content at a spectacular speed.

A Cool Flowchart to Teach Students How to Cite and Credit Images