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INTERACTIVE via Localingual: Listen to Voices Around the World

January 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Localingual is an interactive map that allows users to zoom in and hear voice samples from all over the world. Users can also submit their own samples to add to the map. This would be a fun site to show students the difference between accents and perhaps dialect within the same country, but also so that they can hear what different languages sound like around the world. Warning: Be careful where you send kids to on this site, since this is gathered from the general public, there are some instance of bad language (eh-hemm…Australia.) [...]

NEWS: The Country Training People to Leave

March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

A great article to discuss when teaching BRAINDRAIN. The country training people to leave By Stephen SackurBBC, Philippines The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia – but there aren’t enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad. When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under way. A squad of uniformed cleaners is poking feather dusters into all corners of the sitting room. In the kitchen trainee cooks are immersed in the finer points of salad preparation. The academy has the feel of a soap-opera set – each room meticulously dressed to ape the reality of a grand residence. Below stairs is a classroom filled with old fashioned school desks. Here, I’m told, the trainee house servants take lessons in hygiene, respect and personal finance. The Philippines government schools tens of thousands of maids, chauffeurs, [...]

NEWS via NBCNews: With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct

March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct BY CARMEN SESÍN HOMESTEAD, FL – Her name is Spanish in origin, but for Juana Sales, a migrant farm-worker from the Guatemalan high lands, it hardly reflects her cultural identity. Ten years ago, when Sales arrived in Homestead, an agricultural area in South Florida, she only spoke Mam – a Mayan language that dates back to the year 500. The obscure tongue, which is mostly spoken in Guatemala and Mexico, is classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as vulnerable to becoming extinct. Since then, Sales has learned a heavily accented, broken Spanish and a little English. She has 4 children who were born in the U.S., but none of them have shown interest in speaking their mother’s tongue. Salas is one of a growing number of U.S. Latinos who speak ancient Mesoamerican languages, some of which are considered critically endangered of becoming extinct. According to the 2010 [...]

LESSON PLAN: Dialect Surveys of the United States

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Language, isogloss, dialect, accent, regional dialect, thematic maps Time: 50 minutes Purpose: To make a visual connection/understanding of isoglosses within the United States and see regional variations in the English language. Materials: Computer lab or iPads/Android devices, notebook, blank political map of U.S. Procedure: 1) Discuss/Lecture on isoglosses, dialect, accent (preferably after discussing the language tree). 2)Ask students if they have examples of friends or family who say words differently then what they do. 3) Pick 5-10 words/phrases from the Dialect Survey site and ask them to write down (phonetically) how they would say it, or the word that they would use to describe it. 4) Have the students partner up and verbalize their phonetic words/terms. 5) Debrief pair-share. 6) Have the student look at the Dialect Survey website and investigate three words/terms that they find most interesting. Tell them to write down where the general isogloss can be found on a [...]

RESOURCE: 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business Insider

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Language, dialect, pronunciation, accent, isogloss, thematic map Everyone knows that Americans don’t exactly agree on pronunciations.  Regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting as a dialect. Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder’s linguistic survey that looked at how Americans pronounce words. (via detsl on /r/Linguistics) His results were first published on Abstract, the N.C. State research blog. Follow the link below to see some more of the coolest maps from his collection. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2WBsnEdia 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business [...]
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