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Culture, Not Biology, Shapes Language

Culture, Not Biology, Shapes Language There's no language gene. There's no innate language organ or module in the human brain dedicated t…

Started by A Former Member

0 May 3, 2012

Alternatives to Christian language?

I was led here from a forum where I said I thought discussing this in a group would be better and this seems to be the most appropriate gro…

Started by UUMom

16 Apr 7, 2012
Reply by Sarah Walton

Culturomics

The New Science of the Birth and Death of Words Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English profe…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Apr 6, 2012
Reply by A Former Member

English speakers click?

In Why Do African and English Clicks Sound So Different? It’s All in Your Head, Julie Sedivy says ... Melissa Wright found, after combing t…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

0 Feb 29, 2012

The advantage of ambiguity

The Advantage of Ambiguity in Language ...a group of MIT cognitive scientists ... claim that ambiguity actually makes language more efficie…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

5 Feb 27, 2012
Reply by Carl Pastor

The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions

Caught this the other night. Very entertaining segment.  - Dallas   The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal ExpressionsWhere did our law-…

Started by A Former Member

0 Dec 7, 2011

You favorite Engrish posts here, okay?

Started by A Former Member

12 Dec 4, 2011
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Human brain isn’t so special, neurobiologist says

Human brain isn’t so special, neurobiologist saysMark Changizi says there’s no “special sauce” in the human brain. Instead, he argues that…

Started by A Former Member

2 Sep 24, 2011
Reply by A Former Member

The Secret Life of Pronouns

Think on KERAWhat can be gleaned about a person by the words they choose in conversations, emails and text messages? We’ll find out this ho…

Started by A Former Member

1 Sep 7, 2011
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What Language Is

Think on KERAWhat makes a language genuine and how is the accelerating rate of linguistic change affecting the ongoing debate over how we c…

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2 Sep 5, 2011
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