Intro to Linguistics: Phonetics We often reference the various fields of linguistics, so we thought we should finally take some time to briefly explain what each of them encompasses. In the coming weeks, we'll be discussing the main fields our new Intro to Linguistics series. We'll be starting the series with phonetics. Phonetics is the branch of linguistics that studies the physical properties of speech sounds. Foreign Language Teaching Methods About the Site Foreign Language Teaching Methods focuses on 12 different aspects of language teaching, each taught by a different expert instructor. The site contains video footage from an actual methods course held at the University of Texas at Austin. This flexible resource is designed to be used by foreign language teachers as a component of a classroom methods course or as a stand-alone course for independent learners. “While I was taking this course, I was already changing what I was doing and I can already see the difference. ”
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UC Berkeley Summer Reading List Greetings to Berkeley faculty, staff, and students, As we do at the start of each spring term, we're soliciting your suggestions for great books to pass on to incoming Cal freshmen later this year as part of the 2014 UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for Freshmen. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement on campus, we've chosen Free Speech as this year's theme. Of course, we'd love suggestions of readings that have to do with the events and people here at Berkeley back in 1964, but we also encourage you to think of the theme more broadly: any novels, memoirs, historical texts, and other books that touch on the issue of free speech in various times and places. The primary criteria are that the book resonates for you with the theme of free speech, and that it’s a great read you think an incoming freshman would enjoy.
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Online Punjabi Teaching Punjabi is spoken in mainly three areas of the world; in East Punjab (India) where it is a state language, in West Punjab (Pakistan) where it is most widely spoken and in the diaspora, particularly Britain, North America, East Africa and Australia. No exact figures are available on the number of Punjabi speakers, either as a first or second language, but if the speakers of various dialects of Punjabi are taken into account an approximation of 100 million would not be too far from the truth. One of the main problems with designating the exact number of Punjabi speakers is the presence of a large number of distinct dialects that are spoken across the large geographical area of East and West Punjab. There are some recognized dialects of Punjabi according to Language Department of Punjab:
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