Tag: language

Celebrate National American Sign Language Day

woman in black dress and glasses performing sign language to another woman on a bench
Sign LanguageNational ASL Day is a day of observance celebrating American Sign Language.On April 15, 1817, the first school for the deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French...

Global Voices: I Dream That My Language Lives

Over the course of 50 weeks in 2019, Global Voices plans to host 50 Latin American language activists on its @ActLenguas Twitter handle. This Twitter campaign began in mid-January and is now in full swing.According to their site, “Global Voices is an international...

Deal to Promote Chinese in Georgia

Last month, the education and science minister Giorgi Batiashvili of Georgia signed an agreement with China to promote the learning of Chinese in Georgian high schools. Chinese lessons will now be offered to students in accordance with the national curriculum standards.The deal will...

Spanish Congress in Argentina

The VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language will be held from March 27–30 in Córdoba, Argentina, with more than 200 writers, academics, experts, and professionals from around the world related to Spanish. It will be inaugurated by King Felipe of Spain and the Argentine president, Mauricio Macri. The theme of the...

Bringing It All Together with a Master Plan

Joanna Duggan and Teddi Predaris examine the ten key components of an English learner master planImagine being the parent of a third grader new to a school in a large, urban district. Your child was designated as an English learner (EL) at her...

French Accept their Feminine Side

French heroine, Joan of ArcThe use of the feminine form of job titles has finally been accepted by members of the Académie Française, the guardians of the French language.The Academy’s first online dictionary includes “feminized” versions of occupations alongside the longstanding masculine nouns, such as...

Celebrate International Mother Language Day Today

This year’s theme of international mother language day is indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace, and reconciliation, as 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous LanguagesThe idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has...

Sign Language Reveals Secrets of Spoken Language

According to a new study, sign languages can help reveal hidden aspects of the logical structure of spoken language, but they also highlight its limitations because speech lacks the rich iconic resources that sign language uses on top of its sophisticated grammar. The...

Simple Speech May Slow Autistic Children

A new study, published in Cognition, suggests that because parents speak to their autistic children using fewer words and less complex sentences than do parents of typical children, the development of autistic children’s language skills may be inhibited. Were this to be proven, it would call into question the common recommendation that parents speak in simple sentences to autistic...

Mother Tongue Affects What You See

In a recent study, published in Psychological Science, Martin Maier and Rasha Abdel Rahman at the Humboldt University of Berlin examined  how native language influences what we consciously perceive. Groups of Greek, German, and Russian speakers (103 people) were shown a rapid series of shapes and were told to look out for a grey semi-circle. This semi-circle appeared alongside...