Brain study: Motor cortex contributes to word comprehension

23/02/2017

From Science Daily:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170215101444.htm

Excerpt:

These new findings suggest that language-specialised brain areas work in constant interaction with other areas known to support other cognitive processes, such as perception and action. The resulting distributed meaning representations act as dynamic cortical networks rather than a series of specialised modules as suggested by traditional theories.


Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe

22/02/2017

Great infographic for language nerds like me, found at:  https://elms.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/lexical-distance-among-languages-of-europe/?utm_content=buffere404a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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From Spanish in the U.S. to Tatar in Russia: Fascinating map of the world reveals each country’s second language

21/02/2017

Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4216084/amp/World-map-reveals-country-s-second-language.html

Interactive maps of each continent, very interesting!

 


Listen to the beautiful diversity of voices around the world on this interactive map

15/02/2017

A really cool tool:  http://www.wired.co.uk/article/localingual-map-voices-around-world?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Exchange%20Programs%20-%20U.S.%20Department%20of%20State

Excerpt:

Google’s AI recently made Translate more powerful and capablethan ever before.

The cloud-based system can now accurately decipher entire sentences based on the context of the language, but while the service will give you the correct words, and for most countries an audio clip of the phrase, there’ll still be regional accents and unfamiliar sounds you’ll need to contest with.

David Ding, a former Microsoft software engineer, has created Localingual to showcase the full range of these voices and highlight the globe’s language diversity.

Its premise is simple: a world map shows each country and breaks it down to regions as you zoom in. When you click on a region, if sound has been uploaded the dialect and voice from that location will play.

The website launched on January 8 and has already had around 500,000 visitors recording 18,000 different voices. Anyone, on Android or desktop, can click on their region to record their voice if it’s missing. The iOS APIs don’t allow it to work on Apple devices.


Literal Meaning Of Hello In Different Languages

03/01/2017

Interesting reading at https://www.theodysseyonline.com/what-does-hello-mean 


25 maps that explain the English language

03/01/2017

Interesting maps and info at http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8053521/25-maps-that-explain-english


A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

02/01/2017

Can you remember?  Read more in an interesting NPR article:  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/22/341898975/a-picture-of-language-the-fading-art-of-diagramming-sentences?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170101


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