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Libraries are as important to our health as hospitals

Richard Lederer celebrates National Library Week with bibliophilia Just about everyone has seen the blue street signs with the big white H and an arrow pointing the way to the nearest hospital. Now our roads...
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New York Times Launches Free en Español App

The New York Times has introduced an NYT en Español edition of its news app for Android that features all of the content available on the Spanish-language website for The New York Times en...
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Language Bias

Programmers for Google have discovered sexist bias in their machine-induced word embeddings. There are many nuances and implications tied up in language. Not only do the meanings of words change over time, but also the...

Merriam Webster Announces ‘They’ as Word of the Year

The U.S. dictionary Merriam Webster has announced that the gender-neutral singular pronoun 'they' is the word of the year for 2019. The word, which only entered the...

NYC Introduces Language Program Legislation

Council members have called on the Department of Education, "to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to foreign language courses offered in New York city public schools." This...

English May be Dropped from Disability Evaluation

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed the elimination of the education category “inability to communicate in English” in the evaluation of...
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Democrat Nixes Florida Spanish Debate

A planned, televised U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and Democratic candidate, Rep. Patrick Murphy, has been canceled because Murphy would not agree to debate in Spanish. According to an email from Univision...

How Learning Languages Affects Our Brain

As travel experiences go, there are few things as satisfying as ordering a meal in a foreign language. But while the practical and social aspects are obvious, multilingualism also has a transformative effect on...

Austria Scraps Turkish Driving Tests

Austria will no longer offer its written driving test in Turkish, according to the country’s transportation minister. Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) claimed the move was to cut costs but added...

Discovery of Indigenous Language Documentation

A treasure trove of indigenous language documents from across Australia may help in the revitalization of the country's struggling native tongues. The accounts of early contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers were discovered during...