Romanagri, have you heard of this language? It is a new language used by young people across India. The interesting thing is the evolution of this language is different from the other languages.
Languages traditionally developed through gradual accumulation of words and syntax and spread through the brain and the tongue. Romanagri, a protmanteau of English and Hindi, changes and proliferates via cell phones rather than speech. Romanagri is a natural language among young Indians, but confusing to English language purist.
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Maybe it’s human nature, but people often tend to make things more complex than it actually is. For many years, language scientists have assumed that language is like a Russian nesting dolls, made up of small parts in turn made of smaller parts. A new study done in Cornell suggests language is simpler than they had thought.
Language system deals with words by grouping them into little clumps that are associated with meaning. When these word clumps are arranged in a particular order, it’s simply understood. For example “bread and butter” might be represented as a construction. On the other hand, if we reverse the sequence, it would likely not make any sense.
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A rigorous new English curriculum known as “Learning English in action” is a new k-12 teaching approach introduced in December by a group of educators whose mission is to raise the quality of education for all learners, regardless of their language proficiency.
Headed by School of Education Professor, Kenji Hakuta, and with the involvement of educators across the United States with expertise in disciplinary knowledge, language learning and instructional improvement, the Understanding Language initiative will officially launch a pilot effort in Denver, Charolotte-Mecklenburg, N.C. and Chicago starting in January.
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There have been many debates as to whether language learning for baby starts before or after birth. Now research may provide additional evidence. Continue reading Research: Language Learning starts 10 Weeks before Birth
In a recent survey by TripAdvisor among European travelers only 11% of Britons said they were speaking local languages compared to 70% of Germans surveyed. Continue reading When Travelling Germans Best and Britons Worst in Speaking Local Languages
Within 10 years, the English language will dominate the internet, but in a very different form to what people accept and recognize as English now. Continue reading How the Internet quickly changes the English Language
According to a researcher from the University of Colorado Boulder, a person’s pronunciation may help a listener to perceive the gender of the speaker. Continue reading Research shows that Pronunciation Impacts Perception of Gender