Culture

Spanish U.S. Anthem Highlights Hispanics’ Role in COVID-19 Battle

The Nonprofit organization We Are All Human Foundation (WAAH), which seeks to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion, commissioned a brand-new recording of the national anthem as part of its Hispanic Star campaign, highlighting...

American Writers Museum Creates Online Exhibit, Includes Teacher Resources and Educational Materials

In the wake of COVID-19, the American Writers Museum is bringing its latest exhibit, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, to viewers online so it can be enjoyed from home during this time of social...

Music to All Ears

It is intriguing to realize that at times there is little distinction between spoken languages and musical ones. Consider, for instance, the complex rhythms and slight tonal variations of some Aboriginal tribes who communicate...

‘Parasite’ First Non-English Language Film to Win Best Picture Oscar

Korean director Bong Joon-ho made history last night as his film Parasite was the first film in language other than English to win Best Picture. The film, which is a comedy-horror-thiller drama, also won...

Museum Dedicated to Language, Planet Word, Opens in May

Planet Word-- a museum dedicated to everything language in Washington D.C.-- has announced that it is expected to open May 31 with 10 immersive galleries that will explore language in informative and entertaining ways. The...

5 Ways to Celebrate Afro-Latinos For Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history, and to celebrate Language...

Petition to Free Tibetan Language Advocate Gains Steam

PEN America released an open letter signed by nearly 1,000 writers, linguists, translators, and language rights advocates calling for the immediate release of Tashi Wangchuk. Four years ago today, on January 27, 2016, Chinese officials secretly detained...

‘Home of Hispanic Cultures’ to Open in LA

The Cervantes Institute will open its first center in Los Angeles, which will be "the home of Hispanic cultures," according to Cervantes director Luis García Montero. Announcing the project at the Los Angeles Central Library...

Love & Other Emotions Prove to not be Universal Across Languages

Humans have a breadth of emotions and are on a constant search to express them through language, though sometimes we find that words in one language don’t have a translatable counterpart in another. Norwegians say forelsket,...
Baboons communicating on beach

Speech May Be Ten Times Older Than Previously Thought

New research suggests that speech may not be dependent on the “descended larynx” which could mean that our ancestors were talking 20 million years ago For 50 years, the theory of the “descended larynx” has...
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