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  • August 29, 2013
  • 10:10 PM
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Beyond the mother tongue

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

This book review was originally published in Language in Society 42 (4), 463-466. [Copyright: Cambridge University Press; Language in Society] Access pdf version of this review here. Yasemin Yildiz , Beyond the mother tongue: The postmonolingual condition. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 11, 2013
  • 10:19 AM
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The arcuate fasciculus and word learning: a critique

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

In July 2013, López-Barroso et al published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claiming that structural and functional measures of the left arcuate fasciculus predicted word learning ability. I present a critique of this study, and of the media coverage of its implications... Read more »

López-Barroso D, Catani M, Ripollés P, Dell'acqua F, Rodríguez-Fornells A, & de Diego-Balaguer R. (2013) Word learning is mediated by the left arcuate fasciculus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(32), 13168-73. PMID: 23884655  

  • July 15, 2013
  • 10:56 PM
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Baby vs smartphone

by Aurelie in Coffee break Science

It’s not unusual for me to sit on a bench in a park for a half hour and see a dozen mothers pass by pushing their babies and toddlers in strollers (I live in a very family-friendly neighborhood). What has struck … Continue reading →... Read more »

Zimmerman FJ, Gilkerson J, Richards JA, Christakis DA, Xu D, Gray S, & Yapanel U. (2009) Teaching by listening: the importance of adult-child conversations to language development. Pediatrics, 124(1), 342-9. PMID: 19564318  

  • July 12, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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“Homosexuals” are worse than “gay men and lesbians”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Words matter. That’s how we’d sum up this particular research article’s findings. The author begins by citing a 2010 poll completed by CBS News and the New York Times. For half the respondents, the poll asked if the respondent favored “homosexuals” in the military. For others, the question asked was whether the respondent favored “gay men [...]

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  • June 21, 2013
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1,114 views

Models are experiments

by Dan Mirman in Minding the Brain

I spent last week at a two-part meeting on language in developmental and acquired disorders, hosted by the Royal Society. The organizers (Dorothy Bishop, Kate Nation, and Karalyn Patterson) devised a meeting structure that stimulated – and made room for – a lot of discussion and one of the major discussion topics throughout the meeting was computational modeling. A major highlight for me was David Plaut’s aphorism “Models are experiments”. The idea is that models are sometimes taken to........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2013
  • 01:28 PM
  • 1,203 views

Erasing diversity

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

On a parapet in Hagia Sophia’s gallery there is an obscure little graffiti written in Viking runes and dating back to the 9th century. All that is legible today is ‘alftan,’ which refers to the Norse name ‘Halfdan’ and it … Continue reading →... Read more »

Jan Blommaert, & Ben Rampton. (2011) Language and superdiversity. Diversities, 13(2). info:/

Goodenough, W. (1976) MULTICULTURALISM AS THE NORMAL HUMAN EXPERIENCE. Council on Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 7(4), 4-7. DOI: 10.1525/aeq.1976.7.4.05x1652n  

  • June 19, 2013
  • 11:03 PM
  • 945 views

Wanna learn a second language? Ditch that familiar face.

by Shelly Fan in Neurorexia

Have you ever felt like you behave differently depending on your cultural surroundings? As an immigrant, I know I start mimicking others’ accents and body language once I’m out of my heritage culture. This type of environment-induced chameleon-like morphing is called – quite aptly – “frame switching” in psychology. Scientists don’t really know if it […]... Read more »

  • June 17, 2013
  • 04:05 AM
  • 1,075 views

The diversity of the Other

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Diversity is today widely seen as a social good and is actively promoted in ‘diversity policies’ such as those of Australia, the EU or the UK. Additionally, many institutions have their own policies devoted to managing diversity. These usually extol … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 12, 2013
  • 11:21 PM
  • 1,268 views

Brain imag(in)ing the make believe

by Shelly Fan in Neurorexia

I seldom get worked up over the fate of fictional characters. That said, I joined millions in horror as the infamous Red Wedding (or “Rains of Castarmere”) finally unfolded on screen in last week’s Game of Thrones. Having read the books, I’ve waited for the *spoilers/youknowwhat* with a mixture of dread and anticipation. When it […]... Read more »

  • June 6, 2013
  • 08:16 AM
  • 1,204 views

Did genes shape my mother tongue?

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

Intuitively, one is inclined to answer with a resounding ‘no’. Of course not, had I been adopted by Thai parents, I would speak Thai. But I was not. My parents and my mother tongue are German. Still, there is a growing opinion that genes do nonetheless play a role. Before looking at this opinion, it […]... Read more »

  • May 27, 2013
  • 11:04 AM
  • 1,233 views

Educational outcomes of migrant children

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A recent study of the educational pathways of the children of Brazilian migrants in Japan offers a most welcome addition to the literature on the educational outcomes of migrant children, which has to date focussed mostly on migrant children in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 21, 2013
  • 05:24 PM
  • 1,336 views

Banal nationalism and the internationalization of higher education

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The other day I was stuck in traffic in Ajman, one of the smaller of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one that has to do without Abu Dhabi’s and Dubai’s global glitz. Imagine … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 14, 2013
  • 05:32 AM
  • 947 views

Internationalization of Higher Education, 1933

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

While the internationalization of higher education is a hot topic at the moment and is widely seen as unique to the present, internationalization of higher education is not new. The politics of internationalization at Istanbul University in the early years … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 8, 2013
  • 04:15 PM
  • 1,056 views

Internationalization and Englishization in Higher Education

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The Intercultural Communication Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics is hosting a seminar at Newcastle University next week devoted to “Intercultural Communication in Higher Education – principles and practices.” Given that internationalization of higher education is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Piller, I., & Cho, J. (2013) Neoliberalism as language policy. Language in Society, 42(01), 23-44. DOI: 10.1017/S0047404512000887  

  • April 24, 2013
  • 01:39 PM
  • 798 views

Are some languages easier than others?

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

‘Long time no see’ is something I heard repeatedly in Britain even though it totally violates all the English grammar I learned at school. Clearly, Brits should correct this expression originating from Chinese Pidgin English rather than adopt it. The reason it entered common usage anyway is at the heart of why you might find [...]... Read more »

Bentz C, & Winter B. (2013) Languages with more second language learners tend to lose case. Language Dynamics and Change. info:/

  • April 24, 2013
  • 01:12 PM
  • 1,667 views

Metaphors for Musical Pitch Vary, but the Basic Principles Are the Same

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Most Americans think of musical pitches as being “high” or “low.” But this height metaphor isn’t universal — some cultures use “thin” and “thick” or “light” and “heavy” to describe The post Metaphors for Musical Pitch Vary, but the Basic Principles Are the Same appeared first on Association for Psychological Science.... Read more »

  • April 20, 2013
  • 03:13 PM
  • 1,266 views

What is Cognition and What Good is it?

by Winston Sieck in Global Cognition

You never used to hear anyone say the word cognition. More and more, it seems to crop up in all kinds of places. I see cognition crop up in newspapers, magazines, and letters from my kid’s school. As someone who makes his living off of cognition, that’s comforting. But what is cognition really about? Is [...]... Read more »

  • April 4, 2013
  • 03:25 AM
  • 1,144 views

Multilingual provision is cheaper than English-Only

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The business and self-help section of my local Kinokuniya bookstore is currently featuring shelves and shelves of Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business by Hiroshi Mikitani, the founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Rakuten. I’m not a fan … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 26, 2013
  • 11:44 PM
  • 1,037 views

Language and the stratification of restaurant labour

by Calvin Ho in The Plaid Bag Connection

Originally posted at Language on the Move. Different languages for different jobs in this Los Angeles restaurant Are there language requirements for working in restaurants in Los Angeles? These two employment signs that I saw in the window of a sushi restaurant near UCLA suggests that you need English to wait tables and Spanish to [...]... Read more »

Waldinger, Roger. (1998) The Language of Work in an Immigrant Metropolis. Journal des anthropologues. info:/

  • March 25, 2013
  • 01:23 AM
  • 1,261 views

Language and the stratification of restaurant labour

by Calvin N. Ho in Language on the Move

Are there language requirements for working in restaurants in Los Angeles? These two employment signs that I saw in the window of a sushi restaurant near UCLA suggests that you need English to wait tables and Spanish to work in … Continue reading →... Read more »

Waldinger, Roger. (1998) The Language of Work in an Immigrant Metropolis. Journal des anthropologues. info:/

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