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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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‘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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Our Ever-Expanding Virus Vernacular

Pandemic-related terms have permeated everyday speech, yielding dictionary updates and slangified phrases. But what about after coronavirus?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #language-and-languages, #slang

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The Coronavirus Killed Two of My Colleagues in a Meatpacking Plant

In a meatpacking plant, changes were made too late.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #haiti, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #jbs-sa, #language-and-languages, #meat, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #pennsylvania, #quarantines, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #souderton-pa, #trump-donald-j, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Mel Baggs, Blogger on Autism and Disability, Dies at 39

Candid blog posts and a widely viewed short film sought to expand the very definition of what it means to be human.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #autism, #baggs-mel-1980-2020, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #deaths-obituaries, #language-and-languages

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Want to Learn French? Italian? Russian? There’s No Time Like the Present

We may not be thrilled with our housebound conditions, but what better opportunity for learning a foreign language?

#language-and-languages, #mobile-applications, #podcasts, #travel-and-vacations, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Coronavirus Is Making School Harder for Immigrant Students

The parents of millions of American schoolchildren are not fluent in English, presenting an extra challenge to learning at home.

#bilingual-education, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #immigration-and-emigration, #language-and-languages, #oakland-calif, #shutdowns-institutional, #translation-and-interpreters

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When Coronavirus Care Gets Lost in Translation

Medical interpreters must now work remotely, multiplying the challenges for front-line doctors and non-English-speaking patients.

#boston-mass, #brigham-and-womens-hospital, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deafness, #english-language, #epidemics, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #language-and-languages, #massachusetts-general-hospital, #minorities, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #race-and-ethnicity, #shortages, #spanish-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Do Babies Cry in Different Languages?

A pioneering German researcher decodes newborns’ cries. Here’s what they reveal.

#babies-and-infants, #crying, #french-language, #german-language, #language-and-languages, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #voice-and-speech

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In Argentina, a Bid to Make Language Gender Neutral Gains Traction

A movement to make Spanish grammar less centered on male terms has gained broad adherence, including from President Alberto Fernández.

#argentina, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #gender, #grammar, #language-and-languages, #royal-spanish-academy, #spanish-language

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You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.

Advances in software applications that process human language lie at the heart of the debate over whether computer technologies will enhance or even substitute for human creativity.

#artificial-intelligence, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #creativity, #language-and-languages, #software

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