Acquisition

Sonic girls making new words

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These girls are taking words that already exist and combining them to make a new word with a new meaning.

Why Don't We All Speak the Same Language?

A part of Freakonomics' radio series "Earth 2.0" in which they discuss why humans have language and the costs and benefits of people speaking different languages. They also discuss what we should change if we were to "create" Earth again. [Published on 09-13-2017]

Posted by Melanie Stoddard on September 14, 2017

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Acquisition;
Globalization;
Monolingualism;
Multilingualism

Should you learn two languages at once?

A blog post about learning two languages at the same time by Canadian internet polyglot Steve Kaufmann (speaker of 16 languages). [Published on 10-26-2015]

Posted by Elizabeth on July 7, 2017

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Acquisition;
Multilingualism

4 Reasons to Learn A New Language

There is a video which linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four reasons to learn a new language. Nowadays, increasingly people focus on learning English, the diversity of languages is slowly disappearing. The first reason is culture which language is always associated with it. Also, multilingual people less likely to have dementia than people who only use one language. Moreover, it is interesting for us to learn diverse language. The last but not least, we live such a convenient age which it is easier to learn any languages than before.

Posted by Jianan Chen on June 27, 2017

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Acquisition;
Language Revitalization;
Multilingualism

4 Reasons to Learn A New Language

There is a video which linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four reasons to learn a new language. Nowadays, increasingly people focus on learning English, the diversity of languages is slowly disappearing. The first reason is culture which language is always associated with it. Also, multilingual people less likely to have dementia than people who only use one language. Moreover, it is interesting for us to learn diverse language. The last but not least, we live such a convenient age which it is easier to learn any languages than before.

Posted by Jianan Chen on June 27, 2017

Tags:
Acquisition;
Language Revitalization;
Multilingualism

Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can

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This video talks about language and it's ability to allow for thought, emotion, and the expression of feelings. It talks specifically about the German language and how they have a wide variety of words they can use to better describe a situation or feeling other languages might not be able to do as effectively. It explains many examples of this, along with the appropriate meaning in English. Having a different set of words to think with and use allows for a wide variety of unique knowledge one can obtain. This video just scratches the surface of the importance of language, and how language in our lives can change the way we think and interpret the world around us.

Phineas and Ferb: Ferb Latin

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In this episode of Phineas and Ferb, Ferb comes up with a new language to "accommodate new customs". He takes the first letter of the word, places it at the end, and then adds -erb. The characters even go on to replace normal dialects, such as saying "Bless you", by replacing them with an action. The action for "Bless you" being you play a flugelhorn and give them your left shoe. They describe it as a 'phoenetic caboose'.

Posted by Maria Ortiz Santiago on March 7, 2017

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Standard Language Ideology;
Acquisition;
Grammaticalization

Baby Talk

This is an article that talks about how “baby talk” is the best way for infants to acquire language skills. It discusses the argument that talking to infants like that may be condescending; however, studies have shown that it is an excellent way for them to learn their language. It also discusses how babies are ready to learn language in the last trimester when their ears are fully developed. They are already listening to their mother and the sounds around them. The use of repetition and slower speech is helpful with infants in learning language patterns. [Published on 12-06-2016]

Posted by Stephanie Maxwell on February 27, 2017

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Motherese;
Acquisition;
Youth;
caregiving;
Education

Similarities Between Spanish And Arabic

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This video shows two young women comparing some of the most commonly used words in Arabic and Spanish. Approximately 9% of the Spanish language is thought to have derived from Arabic due to the Islamic invasion of Spain by the Moors in 711. Through this invasion, we have the two languages mixing and creating what is modern day Spanish. You can hear the similarities between the two languages, and visually see how the Romanized spelling of Arabic looks like Spanish. I would also consider this code switching, because the words are first introduced in English, and then a count of 1, 2, 3 is given for each girl to say the word at the same time. It also shows the concept of mutual intelligibility with some words, and a modern-day proof of how the Spanish language was assimilated into what it is now from Arabic, because the Spaniards acquired words and syntax of their captor's language. You see how each girl and speakers of either language can understand what the other is saying without any type of special prior knowledge.

Posted by Ashley Smith on February 25, 2017

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Code-switching;
Acquisition;
Language Shift

The Importance of Code Switching

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Edward Moore explains the importance of Code Switching for success. He emphasizes that people of color need to know how to function in different environments. From "the block" to the board room.

Babies Are Linguistic Geniuses

In this TedTalk, Patricia Kuhl assess the linguistic abilities of babies and how their surrounding environment affects their language acquisition. She examines the various mental processes and reasoning babies use in order to understand their life in this world. [Published on 10-01-2010]

Posted by Bri Smith on July 28, 2016

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Acquisition;
Youth;
Critical Period

Expanding Past English May Lead to Great Discoveries in Other Languages

Patricia Ryan stresses the importance of language globalization and how we must expand our linguistic abilities and knowledge past English in order to advance our society as a whole. She discusses how the limitation of acquiring only one language may be causing us to miss out on discovering incredible ideas that are stuck in a different language, which enforces the necessity of multilingualism and shines a light on the rapidly increasing rate of dying languages. [Published on 12-01-2010]

Posted by Bri Smith on July 28, 2016

Tags:
Acquisition;
Contact;
Globalization;
Multilingualism

Pidgin English from Nigeria

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A video of two Nigerian Men who explain and give example of language divergence and Pidgin English.

Bilingual children switching between English and Spanish

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This video includes children in a one on one setting switching between spanish and english, during various exercise. It features bilingual children in an office setting. The focus is on literacy and acquisition of bilingual children.

Posted by BreAnna Engeman on July 27, 2016

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Spanglish;
English;
Spanish;
Code-switching;
Acquisition;
Youth;
Multilingualism

The Language of Twins

This article provides a good overview of language acquisition among twins and the possible development of “cryptophasia,” or a secret language. The article points out that, when they are young, twins spend a great deal of time with each other and reinforce each other’s language mistakes, thus creating a unique form of communication. They are, in a sense, their own community of practice. [Published on 08-24-2011]

Posted by James Hall on July 20, 2016

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Acquisition;
Youth;
Communities of Practice

International Body Language

The article shows how body language is an important expression of language. It identifies how important it is when studying cultural languages to understand how body language is used. [Published on 05-14-2013]

Posted by Steven Goldstein on March 11, 2016

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Ideology;
Code-switching;
Acquisition

Swing County USA: Hispandering

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This video talks about Hispandering in the United States. It details moments on the campaign trail where Presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, engage in Hispandering. Many of the candidates refer back to their parents and their experiences as immigrants.

Teacher raps to relate to students

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Teacher uses rap song to teach children. She uses rap and dance movements to relate to the children because she knew that the kids would catch on to what she was teaching if she used methods that would keep the kids wanting to learn.

Posted by Zana Pascoe on March 6, 2016

Tags:
Performativity;
Acquisition

This Starbucks barista learned sign language to communicate with her deaf customer

A Starbucks barista learned ASL to connect with a customer. This article mentions the idea of the hearing community reaching out to the deaf community. This relates to speech communities, showing that there are different speech communities separated by the language barrier. [Published on 02-22-2016]

Posted by Samuel Schmidgall on March 5, 2016

Tags:
American Sign Language;
Acquisition;
Communities of Practice

5th Grade Class Starts American Sign Language Club to Better Communicate with Deaf Classmate

Students at an elementary school in Illinois have started learning ASL signs to communicate with a hearing-impaired student in their class. [Published on 02-25-2016]

Posted by Jamie Schnee on March 4, 2016

Tags:
American Sign Language;
Accommodation;
Crossing;
Acquisition;
Merger;
Youth

Nicaraguan Sign Language: Grammar

ISN Grammar Handbook from Nicaraguan Sign Language Projects. Page 5 of this PDF gives a nice list of syntactic features, so we might examine whether or not they conform to UG tendencies/reflect bioprogram influence. [Published on 2013]

Posted by Emma Rennie on November 8, 2014

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Nicaraguan Sign Language;
Acquisition

NY TImes: Quality of words, not quantity, is crucial to language skills

Recent research debunks the notion that the so-called "word gap" between poor and affluent American children is related to the quantity of words young children hear at home. Instead, it's the quality of linguistic interaction that plays a role. [Published on 10-16-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 17, 2014

Tags:
Acquisition;
Socioeconomic Status

Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?

This is a Freakonomics podcast on the economic worth of learning a foreign language, addressing the "return on investment" of language learning (or, will all of those hours you spent in Spanish class really help you financially in the future?). Of particular interest are sections from 0:58-4:00, which poses the question to be addressed in the podcast, and has a few nice examples of ideologies about language learning and bilingualism from (probably wealthy, upperclass) kids, and 13:10-18:23, which reveals the actual monetary value of language learning. It is important to note that this podcast is mainly from the perspective of a native English speaker learning a foreign language, although native speakers of other languages learning English are mentioned towards the end.

Posted by Helen Seay on September 9, 2014

Tags:
Ideology;
Socioeconomic Status;
Education;
Acquisition

NY Times: The Benefits of Failing at French

The author discusses the cognitive benefits of adult second language acquisition, which are present whether or not the adult is successful in acquiring the L2. [Published on 07-15-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on July 28, 2014

Tags:
French;
Acquisition

Babies are the coolest

A Qwant comic on L1 acquisition

Posted by Kara Becker on September 16, 2013

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Acquisition