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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.) [...]

VIDEO via FreeBase: Charting Culture by Mapping Migration

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: Thousands of Years of Human Migration in Five Minutes By Lisa Raffensperger | July 31, 2014 2:00 pm   It’s enough to put an old-fashioned family tree to shame. A visualization of the migration routes of more than 150,000 people, from 600 BC to the present day, brings to life human history in the Western world in an engrossing and novel way. The model, produced by Maximilian Schich, at the University of Texas at Dallas, along with collaborators from the U.S., Switzerland and Hungary, represents the birth and death dates and locations of individual people. These data came from community database Freebase, a well-known German encyclopedia of the world’s artists, and Getty’s online artist names database. The sample included such notable individuals as David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, but, since Freebase is editable by anyone, it also included average folk. “You will have people where we know that there was a carpenter in Nuremberg, who lived from 1530 to [...]

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 [...]

NEWS via CNN: Plugging China’s talent pool

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plugging China’s talent pool By Zarina Banu for CNN March 20, 2014 — Updated 0603 GMT (1403 HKT) Many are leaving China for reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality. STORY HIGHLIGHTS China sees 8.5 million mainly middle-class living abroad with less than 10% moving in Paper in China calls exodus “the world’s worst brain drain” Hong Kong (CNN) — “Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality.” This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago. A combination of pragmatism and aspiration led the 32-year-old Masters of Journalism student to leave. He said when his wife was offered the chance to relocate to Hong Kong, the timing for the couple was just right. The move allowed Li to pursue his passion for photography and will earn him [...]

NEWS via Christian Science Monitor: Why African-Americans are moving back to the South

March 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

After decades of moving north, thousands of blacks are returning to their Southern roots for economic and cultural reasons. By Carmen K. Sisson, Correspondent / March 16, 2014 Artist Kia Darceo left Milwaukee for Atlanta, which she calls ‘Black Mecca.’ This is the cover story in the Mar. 17 issue of The Christian Science MonitorWeekly. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff WEST POINT, MISS. When Charlie Cox told his friends he was leaving Chicago, no one tried to talk him out of it. After 35 years at General Motors, he was ready to retire. Ready to trade the cold and the crime and the frenetic pace of life for the rivers and fields of his youth. He had grown up in rural West Point, Miss., and he had moved north with his family when he was 9 years old, but somehow his heart had never quite followed. His spirit yearned for the South, and, as the years passed, the memories of his childhood burned brighter until he couldn’t stand it any longer. There was only one problem: [...]

RESOURCE: Conlangs: What in the…

January 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGES (aka CONLANGS) that are used in Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish are all fictitiously constructed languages used for the purpose of Hollywood. Invented languages can present a bit of a conundrum as they have an extensive vocabulary, grammar rules, and even dialects. The conundrum being…what then constitutes as a real language? The TED talk may help straighten things out a bit. Teachers can flip this lesson by [...]

INTERACTIVE: Pinpoint your Location via Dialect Map

January 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The New York Times posted a 25 question survey that asks the participant questions about their DIALECT-the vocabulary/LEXICON that they use to speak various terms and phrases. With the information, the results will give the participant an approximation of their location based solely upon their responses. Of course, if you over think your responses, it could end up placing you in Toronto, [...]

INTERACTIVE: Pop Vs. Soda Interactive Survey

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

This interactive website created by PhD candidate, Alan McConchie allows for you to participate in an ongoing mapping project to see where people are saying “pop”, “soda”, and “coke.”  Enter your data to be included in the [...]

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 [...]

DEBATE: Whole Foods Faces Boycott Over English-Only Work Policy

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Whole Foods faces boycott over English-only work policy – NBC News.com. Fact: The United States does not declare an official language. So what’s the big deal anyway? Do you think the Whole Food’s policy is needed or racist? Position 1: Pro-Bilingualism Isn’t it a good thing that there are staff members who are able to communicate bilingually? Maybe the bilingual speakers feel more comfortable or even share camaraderie in their heritage. Bilingual speakers have the ability to help customers who may speak another language. Shouldn’t we be encouraged to speak multiple languages? Some Europeans pride themselves in being able to speak four or five different languages. Does this show that Americans are hesitant towards allowing other heritages from expressing themselves in public? Is this an attempt to squash civil liberties, especially if there is no law. Should big business be allowed to create employee rules that prevent languages other than English from [...]
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