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  • February 7, 2014
  • 11:24 AM

How People Tawk Affects How Well You Listen

by Rebecca Schwarzlose in Garden of the Mind

People from different places speak differently – that we all know. Some dialects and accents are considered glamorous or authoritative, while others carry a definite social stigma. Speakers with a New York City dialect have even been known to enroll in speech therapy to lessen their ‘accent’ and avoid prejudice. Recent research indicates that they have good reason to be worried. It now appears that the prestige of people’s dialects can fundamentally affect how you process........ Read more »

  • February 6, 2014
  • 03:27 AM

Emergency service provision in linguistically diverse societies

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A few years ago, emergency service provision to speakers of languages other than English in Australia came under scrutiny when an Afghan woman tried to call the police but did not receive any assistance a few days before she was … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 19, 2014
  • 05:45 PM

What happens to our minds and memories in healthy ageing?

by Michael Ramscar in The Importance of Being Wrong

In our recent paper, The myth of cognitive decline, my colleagues and I suggest that the answer to this question is, “it’s complicated.” And if you think that the answer involves a steady deterioration of cognitive function, we present a series of findings that may make you think again. Take, for instance, our ability to […]... Read more »

Ramscar M, Hendrix P, Shaoul C, Milin P, & Baayen H. (2014) The myth of cognitive decline: non-linear dynamics of lifelong learning. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6(1), 5-42. PMID: 24421073  

  • December 12, 2013
  • 08:09 PM

How You can Learn the Programming Basics in an Hour (Code Week 2013)

by Geoffrey Hannigan in Prophage

This probably would have best been posted a few days ago, but this week is computer science education week, or "code week" (coding just means writing computer programs). From December 9th to the 15th, over a million people all over the US are promoting computer science for students ranging from elementary school to college, as well as those of us finished with school. This is not only really cool because it is generating enthusiasm for computer science education, but it is also provi........ Read more »

Libeskind-Hadas R, & Bush E. (2013) A first course in computing with applications to biology. Briefings in bioinformatics, 14(5), 610-7. PMID: 23449003  

  • December 9, 2013
  • 10:26 PM

Language in developmental and acquired disorders

by Dan Mirman in Minding the Brain

As I mentioned in an earlier post, last June I had the great pleasure and honor of participating in a discussion meeting on Language in Developmental and Acquired Disorders hosted by the Royal Society and organized by Dorothy Bishop, Kate Nation, and Karalyn Patterson. Among the many wonderful things about this meeting was that it brought together people who study similar kinds of language deficit issues but in very different populations -- children with developmental language deficits such as d........ Read more »

Mirman, D, & Britt, A. E. (2014) What we talk about when we talk about access deficits. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1634). info:/

  • December 3, 2013
  • 05:06 PM

Monolingualism is bad for the economy

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In most countries of immigration, linguistic diversity is by and large ignored by policy makers. If there are language-related policies, they take a deficit view of migrants and their children and focus on improving their English (or whatever the national … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 26, 2013
  • 12:16 AM

English is excellence

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

“Using English is the sign of a great mind. Discuss.” Sounds like an absurdly bigoted essay topic? While I’ve made up the topic and while most readers will baulk at such an explicit association of English with academic excellence, most … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 10, 2013
  • 06:26 PM

Bilingualism delays onset of dementia

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

It is by now widely known that bilingualism delays the onset of dementia. What is less widely known is the fact that this knowledge is almost exclusively derived from Canadian research conducted by Ellen Bialystok and her team (e.g., Bialystock … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 5, 2013
  • 07:00 AM

13 Ancient Villages Discovered in Wyoming Mountains May Redraw Map of Tribal Migrations

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

High in the alpine forests of Wyoming, archaeologists have discovered more than a dozen villages dating back over 2,000 years, a find that could alter our understanding of the scope of human habitation in the ancient West, as well as the histories and migrations of the people who lived there.... Read more »

  • October 29, 2013
  • 07:55 PM

Saussure, the procrastinator

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Procrastination is a fact of academic life, particularly during the PhD period, as every academic supervisor knows. However, judging from ever-increasing institutional efforts to control procrastination or from the many self-help guides intended to cure procrastination, it would seem that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Paola Villani. (1990) Documenti saussuriani conservati a Lipsia e a Berlino. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 3-33. info:/

  • October 27, 2013
  • 06:59 AM

Philippine language relations: Reply to comments…

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

First, a big thanks to everybody for being engaged in what I thought was just a simple map to visualize relationships …Continue reading »... Read more »

Bouchard-Côté A, Hall D, Griffiths TL, & Klein D. (2013) Automated reconstruction of ancient languages using probabilistic models of sound change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(11), 4224-9. PMID: 23401532  

Atkinson, Q.D. (2013) The descent of words. PNAS, 4159-4160. info:/10.1073/pnas.1300397110

  • October 22, 2013
  • 07:27 PM

Disenchanted in Bangkok

by Kimie Takahashi 高橋君江 in Language on the Move

“When Thai people ask me where I’m from, I tell them, “Oh I’m from the Philippines or Singapore. Then, I don’t get that look!” A young woman from Myanmar recently told me her experience of living in Bangkok as an … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 21, 2013
  • 06:39 PM

The mind is not a (digital) computer

by Dan Mirman in Minding the Brain

The "mind as computer" has been a dominant and powerful metaphor in cognitive science at least since the middle of the 20th century. Throughout this time, many of us have chafed against this metaphor because it has a tendency to be taken too literally. Framing mental and neural processes in terms of computation or information processing can be extremely useful, but this approach can turn into the extremely misleading notion that our minds work kind of like our desktop or laptop computers. There ........ Read more »

McClelland JL, Mirman D, & Holt LL. (2006) Are there interactive processes in speech perception?. Trends in cognitive sciences, 10(8), 363-369. PMID: 16843037  

  • October 18, 2013
  • 12:56 AM

English and development aid work

by Kerry Taylor-Leech in Language on the Move

  A response to Alexandra Grey, “We do aid, not English” In my experience English is often promoted by aid organisations as part of a package and served up with very little consultation of recipients and not much concern for … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 16, 2013
  • 10:15 PM

“We do aid, not English!”

by Alexandra Grey in Language on the Move

Over a few years of involvement in the aid sector in Asia, I became aware that aid workers turn their noses up at ‘English work’. Managers for my Australian government volunteering program encouraged us not to be sucked in to … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 15, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Philippine language relations in a map

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

“The number of individual languages listed for Philippines is 185. Of these, 181 are living and 4 are extinct. Of …Continue reading »... Read more »

Bouchard-Côté A, Hall D, Griffiths TL, & Klein D. (2013) Automated reconstruction of ancient languages using probabilistic models of sound change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(11), 4224-9. PMID: 23401532  

  • October 10, 2013
  • 12:49 PM

On the need for responsible reporting by University Press Offices

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Yet another neuroscience study has been published with a misleading press release suggesting application to intervention in children with autism and related disorders. I argue that press releases should not mention a disorder unless the research involves that clinical group, and should put findings, rather than speculation, in headlines.... Read more »

  • September 28, 2013
  • 10:01 AM

Marital Separation, Expressive Writing, and Meaning Making: Important Cautions to Lawyers & Clients About Keeping “Divorce Journals”

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Marital separation, which can include divorce, correlates with pain and suffering.  Easily characterized as one of life’s most stressful experiences, marital separation puts people at risk for poor outcomes in their mental and physical health.  Expressive writing, according to the authors of the study reported in this post, has a “strong record for improving [...]The post Marital Separation, Expressive Writing, and Meaning Making: Important Cautions to Lawyers & Clients About Keeping &........ Read more »

  • September 27, 2013
  • 03:38 AM

Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairment (RALLI)

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

The RALLI campaign was started in order to ensure that impartial, evidence-based information about language disorders in children was freely available on the internet.
An index of the videos and other materials generated over the past 18 months is provided here.... Read more »

Bishop, Dorothy V. M., Clark, Becky, Conti-Ramsden, Gina, Norbury, Courtenay Frazier, & Snowling, Margaret J. (2012) RALLI: An internet campaign for raising awareness of language learning impairments. Child Language Teaching , 28(3), 259-262. DOI: 10.1177/0265659012459467  

  • September 5, 2013
  • 12:03 AM

Music on the Move

by Mahesh Radhakrishnan in Language on the Move

An important element of language relates to its aesthetic use, in other words, how we make our lives beautiful and present ourselves to the world beautifully through language. Anthropologists and linguists have been interested in this dimension throughout the 20th … Continue reading →... Read more »

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