Tag Archives: Language

Twitter: the New Haiku?‎

Twitter, the microblogging social network that limits users to “tweets” of 280 characters or less, is popular across the globe. However, communicating with the world in 280-character bursts has really taken off in Japan, especially after the earthquake and its accompanying tsunami earlier this y...
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Language of Texting

Are text messages and IMs killing the English language? Your former English professor may have thought so, citing the common use of abbreviations like “LOL” as a sign of the “dumbing down” of our culture and perhaps of the coming apocalypse. However, experts who study the history of language...
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Eyak: Back from the Dead?

Last year, we wrote about how the Eyak language, once spoken by a native tribe in Alaska, was being given a second chance at life courtesy of a young French student with a knack for linguistics. At the time, 22-year-old Guillaume Leduey had just made his first trip to Alaska. Leduey is something of ...
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Losing Language

“Poetry is just the evidence of life.  If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”. This is a quotation of the artist Leonard Cohen which points out the necessity of poetry. It is the same for language. Humans need to talk and share between us but for this, reading literature is very ...
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