Category Archives: Language Theory

New Book Highlights Relationship between Place and Alaska Native Languages

Earlier this month, Sea Alaska Heritage published a book that was 20 years in the making—and according to reviewers, it was worth the wait. Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a compilation of nearly … Continue reading

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Do Bilingual Babies have More Flexible Brains?

The results of a new study published online in the Journal of Phonetics August 17 may not come as a shock to you. Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences strapped caps fitted with electrodes … Continue reading

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Is a Connection to the Sacred Lost with Loss of Language?

Indian Country Today recently published an excellent article pointing out the relation many indigenous languages have to the sacred. Author Duane Champagne thoughtfully addresses the impact that language has on the way we interpret the world, arguing that English does … Continue reading

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Language Learning and Technology Journal Free Online

For students, educators, and anyone interested in the scholarly study of technology-enabled language learning there is a handy resource available online- the journal Language Learning and Technology. Currently in its 15th issue, the international journal features original research and novel … Continue reading

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Metaphorically Speaking

Though we may seldom think about it, metaphors play a huge role in the way we speak and the way we think. English expressions such as “thinking outside the box” or “dodging the bullet” are obvious examples of common metaphors … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Language and Culture

It’s a question that’s been pondered for millennia: does language influence culture?  Or is language just a way we express ourselves and our culture?  Put differently, does the specific language that we learn from birth affect how we see the … Continue reading

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