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What Kind of African Doesn't Speak Any African Languages? Me.

Spectra | Posted 06.30.2013 | Black Voices

By perpetuating the use of a single cultural marker to create an hierarchy of Africanness, aren't we simply deploying the same tools colonizers used to divide and conquer? Aren't we essentially continuing the work the British Empire started?

'Hear' to Stay: Cochlear Implants for Babies? Oh My!

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Welcome to a whole new world where we can restore a child's hearing and give them the gift of language. What's next? In the not too distant future, we might repair a child's hearing at birth or give a blind child vision even before she leaves the hospital.

Why Translators Are the New Blacksmiths

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

Just as blacksmiths helped move us into the industrial age, our modern-day wordsmiths - translators and interpreters - will help us move from the current age, in which information is merely available, to an age in which information also becomes highly relevant and useful.

Labeled And Lost: A Teacher's Reflection

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Wesley Pepper I once spent a week in a special ed classroom as a student. I loved it because I was finally in a class with my best friend (who had ...

10 Free Things to Do in Cagliari, Sardinia (That Won't Suck)

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.23.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

From incredible beaches to flamingo-filled parks, Cagliari, the capital of Italy's feisty little island of Sardinia, is all about its history and shares its love for food, culture and music for free.

Why Preserving Ancestral Languages Is Key for Uplifting Immigrant American Communities

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Rohit Kumar

I think that when you know your ancestral language, you can fully understand your culture. You can see that in many spheres, your culture possesses profound wisdom and insight.

The Joy of Language Barriers

Shirley Wade McLoughlin | Posted 06.22.2013 | College
Shirley Wade McLoughlin

I continue to enjoy the nuances of navigating the language barrier, laughing with older Georgians as we share our languages' slang terms, as we engage in foolish but effective pantomimes, and as we correct one another on small specifics in each of our languages.

What's In a Name? An Immigrant's Perspective

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Vân, Cúc, Trúc, and Trang; Dũng, Dai, Khôi and Phát. In my mother tongue these names carry music, cadence, poetry. They evoke for the listener i...

Are Your Metaphors Ruining Your Relationships?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

I admit it; I'm a language junkie. I believe that words matter. I was recently in a business situation that revealed how much our word choice can affect our relationships.

Rape, Murder and Swag

Dori Hartley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Media
Dori Hartley

We live in the "Let's talk about this" generation and although open communication on any number of subjects can be productive, there comes a moment where all of it becomes over-exposed.

The Word That Still Offends Post 50 Women

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 06.11.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

A brief survey of my 50-something friends (at least the ones in the northeast region of the country) all agreed. They hated to be called 'Ma'am.' They thought it was synonymous with 'old,' or 'married.' Many were offended.

Remember the Alamo (and More)

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

MEMRISE IS LOOKING TO CREATE A WORLD OF MEMORY CHAMPIONS Joshua Foer's 2012 bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein recounts his year spent training for...

The New American English Language (A Conversation About Words)

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The sounds which once were words communicate tonality solely as reflection of their once-inhabited relevance; i.e. "awesome" becomes an utterance of "okay." Words are stripped of specific meaning, now used as quick punctuation setting generic mood and tone.

Evolving Views: A New and Improved Flip-Flopping

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

To say a politician has flip-flopped ties the politician to his changing position. Flip-flopping is an intentional action, an opportunistic one. Evolving evokes a metaphor external to the agency of a politician.

The 'Ungoogleable' Problem

AP | Posted 05.26.2013 | Technology

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's language watchdog has accused Google of trying to control the Swedish language in a dispute over the definition of the col...

How Bilingual Brains Think Outside the Boxe(s)

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

The more complex a task was, the more strongly the bilingual kids out-scored their monolingual counterparts.

My Family's Funny Way With Words

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If we weren't having "hangibers" for dinner, our youngest might request "bazanya" (lasagna) or that old family favorite, "pisketti." At snack time we might have "bow wow pips" (bagel chips) or "Wheat Fings" (Wheat Thins), as our middle child used to say.

How Flawed Memories Teach Us What's True

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgJussi Hovenen sings songs that few people care to hear nowadays. He's the last rune singer in Finland -- the only living man who can still sing most of his ancestors' great ballads and epics from memory.

9 Words You Should Never Say Over 50

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.22.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

There are a few words and phrases that -- according to some -- are just plain strange to hear coming out of the mouths of post 50s.

At What Age Can Someone Really Be Called Elderly?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

What we call older people is going to be a hot button going forward, and one we may want to be careful about pushing. And journalists are setting the scene right now.

Sustainability Needs to Move From Gloom to Hope

Peggy Liu | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Peggy Liu

Language matters. So why is the sustainability community still stuck on the images of reduction such as "zero," "low carbon," "energy efficiency" or "350"? Isn't it time we started using more emotional vernacular like "sexy," "unique" and "comfy"?

Whose Dog Are You?

Donald Friedman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Donald Friedman

It seems Alexander Pope's bitch, Bounce, whelped a number of pups, one of which he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1736 to guard his house in Kew. The poet engraved this epigram on the collar: "I am his Highness' Dog at Kew. Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are you?"

Doggone It! Author of Dog Term Lexicon Is Dogged by The Ones That Got Away

Donald Friedman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Donald Friedman

Long persuaded that the world contains an endless supply of writer-artists, I'm now equally convinced that the world has a large cache of dog terms just waiting to be revealed.

Invalid Files and Language Learning: Your Brain's Interoperable World

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Since computers have evolved from room-sized mainframes into menageries of smart phones and tablets and office desktop machines, interoperability has become a watchword for forward-thinking communications experts.

The 'Language' Gene and Women's Wagging Tongues

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Science
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The latest round in the misrepresentation of FOXP2, the language gene, is the gone-viral variation of "there's more of this 'language protein' in the left hemisphere of four-year-old girls and that's why women are three times as talkative as men."