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My Life’s Sentences

In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page...I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time.

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Adventures of a Teenage Polyglot

SOME people pick up a little Hebrew before their bar mitzvahs, or learn Spanish from their mothers, or can speak some Japanese from a semester abroad. Timothy Doner, 16, is not one of those people.

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Watch Your Language! (In China, They Really Do)

HONG KONG — Scaling the wall. Buying soy sauce. Fifty cents. A mild collision. May 35. Mayor Lymph. River crab.

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They’re, Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrrve

Girls and women in their teens and 20s deserve credit for pioneering vocal trends and popular slang.

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Bird Brains Follow the Beat

By training birds to 'get rhythm', scientists uncover evidence that our capacity to move in time with music may be connected with our ability to learn speech.

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Wolfram, a Search Engine, Finds Answers Within Itself

Wolfram Alpha is one of a number of efforts to build greater understanding of the meaning of words — or semantics — into search.

 

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Adoptees offer clues on skills of language

Harvard psychologists are finding that preschool-age children adopted from foreign countries learn English in the same sequence as babies.

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Science Grows on Acquiring New Language

Recent studies on how language learning occurs point to potential learning benefits for students who speak more than one language.

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Can't learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists

The brain can learn a new word in less than 15 minutes, according to scientists, whose finding will rob many of the excuse that they can't learn a foreign language.

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Sign Language Users Read Words and See Signs Simultaneously

Researchers find that people fluent in sign language may simultaneously keep words and signs in their minds as they read.

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