Category Archives: Language Education

How do native Polish speakers identify and classify the British English monophthongs?

Introduction There exists a significant amount of research pertaining to second-language (L2) learner’s vowel perception and the influences of their native (L1) language (Flege, 2002; Flege, Munro, & MacKay, 1995; Munro, Flege, & MacKay, 1996 cited in Bundgaard-Nielsen et al. … Continue reading

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How to Become an Excellent Teacher

There is something incredibly satisfying about working with a true professional in any line of work.  When you have a professional on the job in any area of specialization watching that person in action is like watching a work of … Continue reading

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Phonology: Allomorphs and the underlying representation

Phonology: Allomorphs and the underlying representation Question An apostrophe s (’s) is typically used to express possessive inflection (also known as genitive case) in writing. The data below shows that, in spoken language, this morpheme can be realised with many … Continue reading

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Designing language proficiency tests

I.     Introduction Continuous focus on quality and productivity forces many institutions to assess competency of potential candidates. Effective communication strengthens proficiency, while ineffective communication weakens it. Language testing can prove to be a powerful tool in measuring proficiency, through detailed … Continue reading

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RSA Animate – Language as a Window into Human Nature

Steven Pinker RSA In this new RSAnimate Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings. Taken from the RSA’s free public events programme www.thersa.org/events.

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Omega-3 DHA Improves Literacy In ADHD Children

Prevent Disease According to new research from Australia, increased levels of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is associated with improved literacy in children with ADHD and learning disabilities. DHA has previously been found to alter the function of the brain … Continue reading

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Positive words: The glue to social interaction

Joan Robinson EurekAlert Words charged with a positive emotional content are used more frequently, thus enhancing human communication. Scientists at ETH Zurich have studied the use of language, finding that words with a positive emotional content are more frequently used … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein on Language

Partially Examined Life On Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, Part I, sections 1-33 and 191-360 (written around 1946). What is linguistic meaning? Wittgenstein argues that it’s not some mysterious entity in the mind, but that it is a public matter: you … Continue reading

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Bilingual children switch tasks faster than speakers of a single language

Robert Bock EurekAlert Bilinguals slower to build vocabulary but better at multitasking. Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at switching between tasks than are children who learn to speak only one language, according to a … Continue reading

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Linguicide: Submersion education and the killing of languages in Canada

Kyle Dupont & Andrea Bear Nicholas Rabble While it is assumed that linguicide died with the closure of the last residential school in 1996, in truth it continues as a covert policy into the present. As Roland Chrisjohn stated, “residential … Continue reading

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