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Wandering Eye Tales from the G20 (2011) Documentary

In June 2010, leaders from the twenty largest economies met in Toronto with representatives of corporate interests to discuss the policies that would shape the world for everyone else. Exclusion zones, overlapping layers of security fencing and an estimated 25,000 … Continue reading

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Kinect to watch your emotions and serve up ads

Jacob Aaron New Scientist Online adverts are already tailored to your search and browsing history, but now Microsoft has plans to add emotions to the mix. In a recently revealed patent application the company suggests that using its Kinect sensor … 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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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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The Interrupters (Graphic Language)

PBS From acclaimed producer-director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and best-selling author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (“There Are No Children Here”), an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. Your purchase helps support PBS and the programs you … Continue reading

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Is free will a myth or the foundation of law and order?

Michael Cook BioEdge Calvin was deemed a heretic by Catholics for preaching that only the predestined elect would be saved and that the predestined reprobate were all toast. That was in the 16th century, but the battle over free will … Continue reading

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Language Imperialism – Dr. Thorsten Pattberg on GRTV

James Corbett Global Research As China, Russia, and the other so-called BRICS nations rise in economic and geopolitical power, interest in these countries’ language and culture is increasing in the West. Dr. Thorsten Pattberg of Peking University examines the ways … Continue reading

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Kids’ language issues tied to moms’ low vitamin D: study

Kerry Grens Reuters Mothers who had low vitamin D levels while they were pregnant are more likely to have a child with a language impairment than moms who had higher levels of the vitamin, according to a new study from … Continue reading

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Teaching Pronunciation: Seven Essential Concepts | The New School

Source: New School Language instructors face several problems when teaching pronunciation, including time constraints and the difficulty of designing effective tasks. This hands-on workshop suggests practical solutions and outline seven concepts in teaching pronunciation. Participants will practice applying these concepts … Continue reading

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Are You a Hyperpolyglot? The Secrets of Language Superlearners

Source: Time When God put the kibosh on the Tower of Babel, 72 languages were said to have been created from the one that unified those hubristic humans. In his new book, Babel No More, linguist Michael Erard seeks out … Continue reading

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