Language learning is affected by input, and reading to children is one of these input sources. Which children’s books are most-read to children by parents and caregivers? . . . → Read More: What are the most popular English language children’s books?
A limited number of studies have approached the topic of hip-hop authenticity with an analytic focus on discourses/ideologies rather than linguistic style and even fewer studies have investigated what we might call ‘third sphere’ of hip hop, that is, interaction among Hip Hop fans and activists. This study study aims to demonstrate the value of moving the study of authenticity in relation to hip hop from a consideration of (the indexicality of) linguistic style towards a focus on discourse and ideological meanings. . . . → Read More: Hipsters in the hood: Authentication in young men’s hip hop talk
The Applied Linguistics Reading Pack from Language Teaching is an invaluable resource for language professionals in applied linguistics, and it’s now been updated with new content. . . . → Read More: Essential reading in applied linguistics: The Language Teaching reading pack for MA/PhD students
By tracking Hillary Clinton’s subtle linguistic behavior over time, Jennifer Jones’ research shows how these forces manifest in Clinton’s self-presentation. Jones’ findings suggest that as the Democratic nominee transitioned from First Lady to U.S. Senator to Secretary of State, she spoke in an increasingly “masculine” way. . . . → Read More: Hillary Clinton talks more “like a man” the more powerful she becomes
Studies have shown that both caregiver touch and speech play an important role in the early development of infants. Research examining early caregiver-infant interactions showed that touch is prominently present and is a key component of those interactions. . . . → Read More: How caregivers combine tactile and linguistic cues
Cambridge University Press is proud to Sponsor the 49th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics hosted by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on 1–3 September 2016. . . . → Read More: British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 2016-Cambridge University Press
A genitive construction involving the universal quantifier all, such as All John’s friends, is very natural and commonplace in English and Dutch. The same cannot be said, however, for German. . . . → Read More: Why all John’s friends are Dutch, not German
Words like sandwich, soup and bacon might have similar dictionary definitions in the UK and US, but Britons and Americans have different expectations when they order these things in a restaurant. . . . → Read More: When is bacon not bacon?
Robert Kennedy gives insights into his new textbook on Phonology and why phonology instructors will find it both useful and engaging as a resource for their students. . . . → Read More: Phonology: A Coursebook
There are a multitude of studies on the influence of English on the German lexicon, but very little of German on English. Julia Schultz’s article explores a sample of those German borrowings. . . . → Read More: The influence of German on the English language
Dronestagram. Twimmolation. Vlog. How do new words reveal the intricacies of our world? . . . → Read More: New words show how our world is changing
Cambridge author Vyvyan Evans explores why and how emojis taken the world by storm. . . . → Read More: The brave new world of emoji: Why and how has emoji taken the world by storm?
The article ‘A neurolinguistic study of South Swedish word accents: Electrical brain potentials in nouns and verbs’ reports on previously unexplored brain responses to word tones in South Swedish. . . . → Read More: Did you know that Swedish and Norwegian have word melodies similar to Chinese?
Peter Trudgill author of Dialect Matters – Respecting Vernacular Language discusses the key themes within his new book. . . . → Read More: Dialect Matters – Respecting Vernacular Language
Cambridge author Paul Warren, Victoria University of Wellington answers out questions on Uptalk: The Phenomenon of Rising Intonation . . . → Read More: Uptalk: The Phenomenon of Rising Intonation: an interview with author Paul Warren
Eve V. Clark’s research has involved both observational and experimental studies aimed at discovering what language children understand and what they produce at different stages in development. . . . → Read More: The child’s journey into language: Some frequently asked questions…
Mobile phones are a multifaceted scourge; they’ve been blamed for everything from poor social skills to short attention spans. As a linguist, I’m intrigued by one particular claim: that texting makes people illiterate. Not only are text messages short (and thus unsuited for complex ideas), they’re riddled with near-uninterpretable abbreviations: idk, pls, gr8. Young people are especially vulnerable to these altered forms; critics frequently raise the specter of future students studying a Hamlet who texts 2B or not 2B…… . . . → Read More: Text Messaging and the Downfall of Civilization
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Extract from the article ‘How to make money in the translation business’ by industry expert Robert Dale published in the journal Natural Language Engineering.
An anniversary year
2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of an important event in the history of Machine Translation (MT). In 1966, after two years of work, the group of seven scientists who constituted the US National Science Foundation’s Automatic Language Processing Advisory Committee (ALPAC) handed down a 124-page report that was, well, somewhat negative about the state of MT research and its prospects. The ALPAC report is widely credited with causing the US government to drastically reduce funding in MT, and other countries to follow suit. . . . → Read More: How to make money in Machine Translation
. . . → Read More: NLP meets the cloud