Gender Pronouns Are Changing. It’s Exhilarating.

Embrace “they” for “he” or “she.” Pronoun history is fluid.

#english-language, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

How to Say What You Need to Say in Another Language

‘My uncle is a lawyer, but my aunt has a spoon’ is not useful language instruction.

#ears-and-hearing, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.

#dictionaries, #english-language, #google-inc, #language-and-languages, #merriam-webster-inc, #wikipedia

China Increasing Rejects English, and Outside Ideas

A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.

#books-and-literature, #china, #chinese-language, #colleges-and-universities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #english-language, #language-and-languages, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #united-states-international-relations

The Gender Binary in Language Classes

Languages that contain only “he” and “she” pronouns pose problems for communicating about gender identity. Here’s how some language teachers are helping.

#education, #english-language, #french-language, #gender, #genderfluid, #hebrew-language, #language-and-languages, #nonbinary, #spanish-language, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Experts on Deaf Culture Help Times Explain Name Signing

To understand the process of name signing, a Times team turned to people who knew it best.

#deafness, #disabilities, #harris-kamala-d, #language-and-languages, #names-personal, #new-york-times, #sign-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The Softening of American Conversation

A coarsening in our language? No, I hear a flowering of deference.

#customs-etiquette-and-manners, #grammar, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages, #slang

Lila Gleitman, Who Showed How Children Learn Language, Dies at 91

Building on the work of Noam Chomsky, she designed elegant experiments to show that syntax is hard-wired into the human brain.

#children-and-childhood, #chomsky-noam, #deaths-obituaries, #gleitman-lila-1929-2021, #language-and-languages, #psychology-and-psychologists

Barbara Kannapell, Activist Who Empowered Deaf People, Dies at 83

She gave them a sense of identity and culture and helped legitimize American Sign Language, which she considered her native language.

#colleges-and-universities, #deafness, #deaths-obituaries, #gallaudet-university, #kannapell-barbara-1937-2021, #language-and-languages, #sign-language

F.A.A. Committee Recommends a Pivot to Gender-Neutral Terminology

The committee suggested that the aviation administration replace words and phrases including “cockpit” and “man-made” with terms like “flight deck” and “manufactured.”

#air-traffic-control, #airlines-and-airplanes, #drones-pilotless-planes, #federal-aviation-administration, #gender, #language-and-languages

India’s ‘Ugliest’ Language? Google’s Answer, Kannada, Drew a Backlash

A Google fact box singled out Kannada, a language spoken in the country’s south. The faux pas highlights the algorithm’s fallibility.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #india, #language-and-languages, #search-engines

He Is Senegalese and French, With Nothing to Reconcile

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.

#africa, #algeria, #at-night-all-blood-is-black-a-novel-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #diop-david, #english-language, #france, #french-language, #language-and-languages, #letters, #man-booker-prize, #senegal, #the-art-of-losing-book, #writing-and-writers, #zeniter-alice

Alabama Lifts Its Ban on Yoga in Schools

For the first time in three decades, yoga can be taught, but the law will still bar teachers from using Sanskrit names for poses.

#alabama, #children-and-childhood, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #gray-jeremy-1985, #ivey-kay, #language-and-languages, #law-and-legislation, #religion-state-relations, #state-legislatures, #yoga

Katherine Barber, Who Defined Canadian English, Is Dead at 61

As the founding editor of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, she turned to “trashy novels” and parliamentary debates to find Canada’s version of the language.

#barber-katherine-1959-2021, #canada, #deaths-obituaries, #dictionaries, #english-language, #language-and-languages, #oxford-university-press

What Is ‘Cheugy’? You Know It When You See It.

Out of touch? Basic? A new term to describe a certain aesthetic is gaining popularity on TikTok.

#language-and-languages, #millennial-generation, #slang, #social-media

Why Biden Must Save Bears Ears National Monument

‘We are rooted to Mother Earth through her body like the plants are rooted to the soil.’

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #earth, #federal-lands, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #language-and-languages, #lee-michael-s-1971, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah, #women-and-girls

Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice

In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” wrote her latest novel, “Whereabouts,” in Italian and translated it to English.

#americans-abroad, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #in-other-words-book, #italian-language, #italy, #lahiri-jhumpa, #language-and-languages, #translation-and-interpreters, #whereabouts-book, #writing-and-writers

Are You Confused by Scientific Jargon? So Are Scientists

Scientific papers containing lots of specialized terminology are less likely to be cited by other researchers.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #caves-and-caverns, #language-and-languages, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

‘A Sense of Belonging’ for Hispanic Children, With Puppets

“Club Mundo Kids,” a new TV series debuting on April 10, is the latest result of a push for programming that uses Spanish to reach Latino audiences.

#children-and-childhood, #club-mundo-kids-tv-program, #hispanic-americans, #language-and-languages, #lee-isaac-1971, #los-angeles-calif, #puppets, #romina-puga, #spanish-language, #telemundo-communications-group-inc, #television, #united-states

American Sign Language Finds Its Spotlight

Across all performative mediums, today’s Deaf creatives are celebrating, protecting and sharing their distinct mode of communication.

#ahmed-riz, #deafness, #kim-christine-sun, #language-and-languages, #ridloff-lauren, #sign-language, #simmonds-millicent, #smith-nakia-1998, #sound-of-metal-movie, #theater

Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us

A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #ears-and-hearing, #fossils, #language-and-languages, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #quam-rolf-m, #research, #voice-and-speech, #your-feed-science

‘Climate Change’ Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #interior-department, #language-and-languages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Special and Beautiful’ Whistled Language Echoes Around This Island

On a jagged island in the Canary archipelago, a whistling language known as “Silbo Gomero” is still in use thanks to mandatory classes for schoolchildren.

#canary-islands, #language-and-languages, #spain, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization

Connecting My Children to Their Heritage in Mandarin

Although my parents’ English is serviceable, it is only in Mandarin that they’re at ease, that they can inhabit their own skins.

#children-and-childhood, #chinese-language, #grandparents, #immigration-and-emigration, #language-and-languages, #lunar-new-year, #parenting

Iceland Has a Request for Disney+: More Icelandic, Please

Disney brought its streaming service to Iceland last year. Now, the country’s education minister has sent a letter of complaint over the lack of Icelandic dubbing and subtitling.

#disney-plus, #iceland, #language-and-languages, #television, #walt-disney-company

China Frees Tashi Wangchuk, Tibetan Who Fought for Language Rights

Tashi Wangchuk was sentenced to five years in prison after telling The New York Times that Tibetan language education was being repressed.

#china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #language-and-languages, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet

How Covid-19 Threatens Native Languages

The average age of Lakota and Dakota speakers is 70. We are running out of time to save them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #lakota, #language-and-languages, #native-americans, #north-dakota, #south-dakota, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Black, Deaf and Extremely Online

On TikTok and in virtual hangouts, a younger generation is sharing the origins and nuances of Black American Sign Language, a rich variation of ASL that scholars say has been overlooked for too long.

#black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #deafness, #gallaudet-university, #language-and-languages, #nakia-smith, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #sign-language, #social-media

How Poets Use Punctuation as a Superpower and a Secret Weapon

Just like line breaks and spacing decisions, typographical marks can shape how a reader hears the language.

#ammons-a-r, #books-and-literature, #dickinson-emily, #garcia-benjamin-poet, #grammar, #language-and-languages, #montes-lara-mimosa, #notley-alice, #poetry-and-poets, #thresholes-book, #thrown-in-the-throat-book, #typography

How Can I Make a Home After Moving Again?

“Create constancy and continuity for your family,” writes our advice columnist.

#art, #bowie-david, #ginzburg-natalia, #immigration-and-emigration, #language-and-languages, #moving-and-moving-industry, #suh-do-ho, #sweden

Tone Indicators and How to Use Them

We all struggle to communicate on the internet. Now, young people are leading a sincere effort to clear things up.

#autism, #emojis-and-emoticons, #grammar, #language-and-languages, #social-media, #tumblr, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

Dispute Erupts Over Translation Rights to New Nobel Laureate

For 14 years, one publisher released Louise Glück’s poetry in Spanish. Then she won the Nobel Prize, and her agent made a change.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #gluck-louise, #language-and-languages, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets, #pre-textos, #spain, #spanish-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

U.S. Border Agency Settles With 2 Americans Detained for Speaking Spanish

In a video of the 2018 incident in Havre, Mont., a Border Patrol agent is heard telling the two American women he detains that speaking Spanish in the small city is “very unheard-of.”

#american-civil-liberties-union, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #havre-mont, #hernandez-mimi, #hispanic-americans, #language-and-languages, #montana, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #suda-ana, #suits-and-litigation-civil

‘Thumb-Stopping.’ ‘Humaning.’ ‘B4H.’ The Strange Language of Modern Marketing.

The ad business is overrun with buzzwords and acronyms, and some people are saying it’s enough already.

#advertising-and-marketing, #english-language, #grammar, #language-and-languages, #media, #online-advertising

Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue).

The latest natural-language system generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #creativity, #innovation, #kaufman-scott-barry, #language-and-languages, #openai-labs, #your-feed-science

Wikipedia and W.H.O. Join to Combat Covid-19 Misinformation

The health agency will license much of its material to the online encyclopedia, allowing the information to be reposted widely into almost 200 languages.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #language-and-languages, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #wikimedia-foundation, #wikipedia, #world-health-organization

The Organization System That Changed the World? It’s Thousands of Years Old

In “A Place for Everything,” Judith Flanders, a British social historian, traces the revolutionary history of alphabetical order.

#a-place-for-everything-the-curious-history-of-alphabetical-order-book, #alphabetization, #books-and-literature, #flanders-judith, #language-and-languages

The Secret Code That Threatened Nazi Fantasies of Racial Purity

Martin Puchner’s “The Language of Thieves” recounts the history of Rotwelsch — a secret code used by vagabonds across Europe for centuries — and the efforts to stamp it out.

#beggars, #books-and-literature, #german-language, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #language-and-languages, #luther-martin, #puchner-martin, #the-language-of-thieves-my-familys-obsession-with-a-secret-code-the-nazis-tried-to-eliminate-book, #yiddish-language

China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

In Quarantine, Kids Pick Up Parents’ Mother Tongues

For some families, the pandemic has meant a return to their native languages.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #language-and-languages, #parenting, #quarantines

‘I Hate It with Both My Eyes!’

I’m trying to teach my kids the sharp specificity of my native Kashmiri, even though they don’t speak the language.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #language-and-languages, #parenting

Geoffrey Nunberg, Expert on How Language Works, Dies at 75

A widely respected linguist, he found popularity beyond academia with appearances on NPR and books like the intriguingly titled “Going Nucular.”

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #english-language, #fresh-air-radio-program, #language-and-languages, #national-public-radio, #nunberg-geoffrey, #writing-and-writers

Reading Elena Ferrante in English? You’re Also Reading Ann Goldstein

The self-effacing translator worked with the “My Brilliant Friend” author again for her latest book, “The Lying Life of Adults.”

#books-and-literature, #europa-editions, #ferrante-elena, #goldstein-ann-1949, #italian-language, #italy, #language-and-languages, #new-yorker, #the-lying-life-of-adults-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

We All Speak a Language That Will Go Extinct

Even when we speak the same tongue, understanding and being understood can be a struggle. I would know.

#education-k-12, #english-language, #iran, #language-and-languages

Lawsuit Demands Sign Language at White House Virus Briefings

The lack of American Sign Language interpreters at coronavirus briefings violates the First Amendment, the National Association of the Deaf says.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deafness, #language-and-languages, #national-assn-of-the-deaf, #sign-language, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Do You Know a Human Wrote This?

Machines are gaining the ability to write, and they are getting terrifyingly good at it.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #language-and-languages, #writing-and-writers

The Biases We Hold Against the Way People Speak

In “How You Say It,” Katherine Kinzler focuses on linguistic discrimination, how your accent can determine the way you are perceived.

#books-and-literature, #how-you-say-it-why-you-talk-the-way-you-do-and-what-it-says-about-you-book, #kinzler-katherine-d, #language-and-languages, #voice-and-speech

Call It White Supremacy

White supremacy is the biggest racial problem this country faces, and has faced.

#discrimination, #language-and-languages, #news-and-news-media, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #polls-and-public-opinion, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #whites

Robert Laughlin, Preserver of a Mayan Language, Dies at 85

His monumental dictionary, after years of fieldwork, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chiapas-mexico, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #dictionaries, #indigenous-people, #language-and-languages, #laughlin-robert-m-1934-2020, #mayans, #smithsonian-institution

Sex Does Not Mean Gender. Equating Them Erases Trans Lives.

Embracing the experiences of trans people means leaving old vocabularies behind.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #language-and-languages, #rowling-j-k, #supreme-court-us, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #workplace-hazards-and-violations