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Linguistics / Literature - 22.08.2019
The power of language: How words shape people, culture
Speaking, writing and reading is integral to everyday life, where language is the primary tool for expression and communication. Studying how people use language - what words and phrases they unconsciously choose and combine - can help us better understand ourselves and why we behave the way we do. Linguistics scholars seek to determine what is unique and universal about the language we use, how it is acquired and the ways it changes over time.

Linguistics / Literature - 10.07.2019
Publisher Elsevier stops UC's access to new articles
Publisher Elsevier stops UC’s access to new articles
Starting today (Wednesday, July 10), Elsevier, the world's largest provider of scientific, technical and medical information, has shut off the University of California's direct access to new articles. Its 2,500-journal portfolio includes such highly-regarded publications as The Lancet and Cell . But with the UC Berkeley Library's help, researchers can still access articles from Elsevier journals in other ways.

Linguistics / Literature - 25.06.2019
Analyzing the tweets of Republicans and Democrats
New research examined how Republicans and Democrats express themselves online in an attempt to understand how polarization of beliefs occurs on social media. New Stanford linguistics research has analyzed how Republicans and Democrats use different language when discussing mass shootings on social media and found that Republicans talk more about the shooter and Democrats focus more on the victims.

Linguistics / Literature - Health - 20.05.2019
Scientists rush to support complex insight into obesity
Scientists rush to support complex insight into obesity
Playwright Alana Valentine has been delighted by responses from scientists to her work Made to Measure, now playing at the Seymour Centre. Playwright Alana Valentine is urging scientists and clinicians to attend her new play, Made to Measure , at the Seymour Centre because it puts complex research in the public domain and it brings to life the human behaviour around obesity issues.

Linguistics / Literature - 16.05.2019
Bristol academic publishes solution to Voynich mystery
Bristol academic publishes solution to Voynich mystery
A University of Bristol academic appears to have succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed - by cracking the code of the 'world's most mysterious text', the Voynich manuscript. Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document.

Linguistics / Literature - Music - 14.03.2019
Diet-Induced Changes Favor Innovation in Speech Sounds
Diet-Induced Changes Favor Innovation in Speech Sounds
Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds such as "f" in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history.

Linguistics / Literature - 21.01.2019
Non-English speakers adopt more Australianisms: ANU research
Non-English speaking migrants take to the unique Australian dialect more readily than English-speaking migrants, according to research by ANU. The research from the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics found migrants learning English as their second language use "Aussie words", such as 'esky', 'thong', 'doona' and 'nappy' at the same rate as Australian-born people.

Linguistics / Literature - 10.10.2018
Seemingly ’useless’ organ makes huge soldier ants
Scientists at McGill have found the answer to a question that perplexed Charles Darwin. So much so, that it actually led him to doubt his own theory of evolution.

Linguistics / Literature - Mathematics - 03.08.2018
Is storytelling an enemy of science?
Have you heard the one about the linguist, astrophysicist, playwright, cancer researcher and screenwriter getting together to vigorously debate the validity of storytelling in science? This is not fiction, but a true story. Hear compelling arguments from both sides, as our expert panel discusses whether storytelling is a friend or foe for researchers.

Linguistics / Literature - 04.07.2018
Link between ethnicity and bias
New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has shown people demonstrate unconscious negative biases when they encounter a person of ethnic appearance or hear a foreign accent. Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva of the ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics asked research participants to watch videos of ethnically diverse people speaking and rate the level of accent they detected.

Linguistics / Literature - 04.07.2018
Author Charlotte Wood opens literary conference at ANU
This year's convention is entitled 'The Literary Interface' because of the connections literature has to so many parts of our lives. A major literary symposium hosted by The Australian National University (ANU) has opened with a keynote speech by Australian author Charlotte Wood in which she challenged the notion of "relatability" in literature.

Linguistics / Literature - History / Archeology - 09.05.2018
Left unprinted for lack of interest: the largest German dictionary of the 18th century in Basel
Left unprinted for lack of interest: the largest German dictionary of the 18th century in Basel
For 250 years, the extensive set of manuscripts and papers lay unnoticed in the University Library's basement.

Health - Linguistics / Literature - 22.03.2018
Hidden medical text read for the first time in a thousand years
With X-ray imaging at SLAC's synchrotron, scientists uncovered a 6th century translation of a book by the Greek-Roman doctor Galen. The words had been scraped off the parchment manuscript and written over with hymns in the 11th century. An influential physician and a philosopher of early Western medicine, Galen of Pergamon was the doctor of emperors and gladiators.

Media - Linguistics / Literature - 01.03.2018
Research uncovers trove of lost Australian literature
A new research project from The Australian National University (ANU) has uncovered more than 21,000 forgotten novels, novellas and short stories, including thousands of unknown Australian works, published in newspapers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection includes seven rediscovered titles from well-known writer Catherine Martin, author of the acclaimed 1890 novel The Australian Girl .

Linguistics / Literature - History / Archeology - 21.02.2018
The writing on the wall
When and where did humans develop language? To find out, look deep inside caves, suggests an MIT professor. More precisely, some specific features of cave art may provide clues about how our symbolic, multifaceted language capabilities evolved, according to a new paper co-authored by MIT linguist Shigeru Miyagawa.

Linguistics / Literature - 01.11.2017
Lack of black TV showrunners, writers continues to perpetuate stereotypes
Lack of black TV showrunners, writers continues to perpetuate stereotypes
A new report by Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences of the UCLA College, takes a critical look at the harmful and far-reaching effects of television writers rooms that do not employ black writers, or employ small numbers of black writers to meet diversity hiring requirements. Nearly two-thirds of all TV shows examined lack a single black writer, the report found.

Law / Forensics - Linguistics / Literature - 19.10.2017
100 years on, poet’s "bloodless death" mystery solved
The famed “bloodless death” of a landmark British poet in the Great War has been investigated by experts from the Humanities and Sciences a century after his death, in a new project undertaken at Cardiff University. Biographical and critical works about Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917) often refer to his “bloodless death”, a story that emerged following his death aged just 39 at the Battle of Arras on Easter Monday in 1917.

Linguistics / Literature - Psychology - 15.08.2017
Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making | UChicago News
If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is presented in a language you speak, but isn‘t your native tongue' Psychologists at the University of Chicago found in past research that people facing such a dilemma while communicating in a foreign language are far more willing to sacrifice the bystander than those using their native tongue.

Linguistics / Literature - 30.06.2017
Picture overload hinders children learning new words in storybooks, study finds
Picture overload hinders children learning new words in storybooks, study finds
Picture overload hinders children learning new words in storybooks, study finds Less is more when it comes to helping children learn new vocabulary from picture books, according to a new study. While publishers look to produce ever more colourful and exciting texts to entice buyers, University of Sussex psychologists have shown that having more than one illustration per page results in poorer word learning among pre-schoolers.

Life Sciences - Linguistics / Literature - 20.04.2017
Recognizing foreign accents helps brains process accented speech
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Our brains process foreign-accented speech with better real-time accuracy if we can identify the accent we hear, according to a team of neurolinguists. "Increased familiarity with an accent leads to better sentence processing," said Janet van Hell , professor of psychology and linguistics and co-director of the Center for Language Science , Penn State.
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