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Trump’s Tower of Babble & questions. BBC Radio 4 - Start the Week, Language and Reinvention. Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language. Linguists call it collocation: the likelihood of two words occurring together.

Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language

If I say “pop”, your mental rolodex will begin whirring away, coming up with candidates for what might follow. “Music”, “song” or “star”, are highly likely. What Orwell can teach us about the language of terror and war. At first sight, it seems hard to imagine a more unlikely pairing than George Orwell and Thomas Merton.

What Orwell can teach us about the language of terror and war

Orwell had a profound dislike of Roman Catholic writers (though he accorded a grudging respect to Evelyn Waugh as a literary craftsman), and, had he encountered Merton – especially his earlier work – he would undoubtedly have recoiled. Not that Merton, whose centenary is this year, was a conventional religious writer. He became a Catholic in 1938 after a distinctly rackety youth, and spent most of the rest of his life as a Trappist monk in the US. But he wrote copiously, corresponding with a wide range of literary figures, including Henry Miller, James Baldwin, Czesław Miłosz, Boris Pasternak and several Latin American poets, some of whose work he also translated; another surprising friend was Joan Baez.

This is where the conversation with Orwell might begin. “The Asian whose future we are about to decide is either a bad guy or a good guy. Linguistics essay sample. Language and Thought: the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Stephen Fry on Swearing. Why Are Bad Words Bad? Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour. I have a friend who can't say "fuck".

Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour

She never has been able to and shakes her head helplessly when teased and dared to give it a go. She's not a prude. But she has such a strong reaction to the word that she cannot bring herself to utter it. Using the f-word in the first sentence of this article wasn't done for gratuitous effect. Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal. Future - Will emoji become a new language? The year 2015 could be called the year of the emoji.

Future - Will emoji become a new language?

They have landed a teenage boy in a police cell and prompted Vladimir Putin’s wrath in Russia, and the loveable smiley faces are even set to come to life in their own Hollywood film. Emoji are now used in around half of every sentence on sites like Instagram, and Facebook looks set to introduce them alongside the famous “like” button as a way of expression your reaction to a post. To many, emoji are an exciting evolution of the way we communicate; to others, they are linguistic Armageddon.

If you were to believe the headlines, this is just the tipping point: some outlets have claimed that emoji are an emerging language that could soon compete with English in global usage. To many, this would be an exciting evolution of the way we communicate; to others, it is linguistic Armageddon. As a linguist concerned with visual communication, I have been interested to explore exactly what lies in these claims. What if the order did matter though?

10 common gestures easily misunderstood abroad. Feature Photo : Striatic Photo: Marcusrg Frequent travelers must be great at charades.

10 common gestures easily misunderstood abroad

When you need to communicate and you don’t have the luxury of a shared language, body language is invaluable. When languages die, ecosystems often die with them. You probably know that much of the world's environment is under threat.

When languages die, ecosystems often die with them

But a new study says languages are disappearing alongside plants and animals. The study, from the World Wildlife Fund, measured the threat to languages using a scale that tracks how threatened species are. Not only are many languages steadily losing speakers, says co-author Jonathan Loh, but "the rate of decline, globally, is actually very close to the rate of decline in populations of wild vertebrate species. " SXSW Interactive - Our Emoji Habits: The future of online pictorial language. For the past several years, linguist Gretchen McCulloch has watched as excitable futurists forecast the end of written language and the rise of a new pictorial mode of online expression based on emoji.

SXSW Interactive - Our Emoji Habits: The future of online pictorial language

That future has been slow to arrive. In 2014, Emojli, an emoji-only social-media network, launched to much fanfare. It closed a year later. In 2013, a Kickstarter project made headlines for crowdsourcing a translation of Moby Dick into emoji. It's not clear that anyone has read the finished product cover to cover. Emoji hasn't gone away – in fact, it's more popular than ever – but it has developed as a supplement to written language, not a replacement. Leading up to SXSW Interactive, McCulloch was approached by Ben Medlock with an irresistible proposition: SwiftKey, a popular predictive typing app he co-founded, has collected billions of data points on emoji use across every type of mobile communication – email, texting, Twitter, Face­book, Snapchat, etc.

Related Panel. How poetry can rehabilitate prisoners. “It’s said that to be a poet, you have to go to hell and back,” says Cristina Domenech, who teaches poetry to prisoners.

How poetry can rehabilitate prisoners

“They have plenty of hell,” she says. “Plenty of hell.” Domenech (TEDxRiodelaPlata talk: Poetry that frees the soul) runs a poetry writing workshop for the inmates at Unit 48 penitentiary in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prisoners make for eager poetry students, she says, precisely because self-expression is so rarely practiced behind bars. She helps them to open up about their experiences and find a psychic escape from their confinement through the freedom of the written word. Big P Political Economy: Essay Writing via Calvin and Hobbes. Do You Make These 7 Body Language Mistakes When Traveling?

Body language is more important to travelers than many of us realize.

Do You Make These 7 Body Language Mistakes When Traveling?

The language your body is portraying to someone in another culture can mean the difference between them welcoming you with open arms and being extremely offended. Also, locals’ body language, and what it means in their culture, can help you to understand when you are being accepted or being threatened. Be sure to research the body language culture of countries before you visit them, but here are some of the most common body language mistakes you might not know you’re making: 1) Hand Signals Be absolutely sure that you understand the different meanings of hand signals before you use them in a foreign country. 35 Body Language Secrets That Will Help You Get Ahead at Work. You’ve probably heard by now that body language can give you a leg up in the workplace.

35 Body Language Secrets That Will Help You Get Ahead at Work

It can determine the way your interactions with others go. NLP - How to Control a Girl's Mind. John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! Slang words for man, men, male. The slang words in this thesaurus category appear below the table of contents. Where does this category appear in the slang thesaurus?

What slang words have this meaning? The definitions of these slang words appear below the list. Words for Women - lexicon. 0 TOK, Language, Beef or Cow. 0 Beef or Cow Handout. Big Surprise: Harvard Study Shows that Sarcasm is Actually Good for You. People who don’t like sarcasm are the best; such confident, agreeable, quick-witted folk. More impressively, their negative conclusions regarding sarcasm are often founded upon strong analytic frameworks like raw emotion and insecurity, rather than notoriously unreliable approaches like rational observation and the scientific method.

See what I did there? According to new research from Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and INSEAD (“The Business School for the World”), that first paragraph just made you more creative. You’re welcome. Data from a recent study entitled, The Highest Form of Intelligence: Sarcasm Increases Creativity for Both Expressers and Recipients, suggests that the delivery and deciphering of sarcasm offers psychological benefits that have been largely underappreciated and long overlooked.

In the study, participants were randomly rotated through simulated conversation tasks that had one of three conditions: neutral (control), sincere, and sarcastic. The Montillation of Traxoline. Functions of Language. Communicating with aliens. 3 theories on language. MIT claims to have found a “language universal” that ties all languages together. Language takes an astonishing variety of forms across the world—to such a huge extent that a long-standing debate rages around the question of whether all languages have even a single property in common.

Well, there’s a new candidate for the elusive title of “language universal” according to a paper in this week’s issue of PNAS. All languages, the authors say, self-organise in such a way that related concepts stay as close together as possible within a sentence, making it easier to piece together the overall meaning. Language universals are a big deal because they shed light on heavy questions about human cognition. The most famous proponent of the idea of language universals is Noam Chomsky, who suggested a “universal grammar” that underlies all languages. Untranslatable. TOK Voyager 'nemesis' 10 questions about language. Charades cards. Swarms, floods and marauders: the toxic metaphors of the migration debate. Does language change the way you think? It’s a question that has occupied the finest academic minds for decades. There’s even a name for it: the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, after anthropologist Edward Sapir and fire-insurance official Benjamin Lee Whorf.

The latter, a linguist in his spare time, believed that Native Americans thought in a completely different way to Europeans because of the way their grammar worked.