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Beyond Words Podcast: Episode 12

Episode 12: The Language News Report

Welcome to ALTA’s Beyond Words Podcast. Our podcasts provide listeners with the latest language news, language-related interviews, and language lessons that can be applied to real-world situations. They’re always brief, always informative, and always entertaining.

During the Language News Report, you’ll hear summaries of the last two weeks’ top language-related stories. You can listen to the podcast on our website or download it for later playback on any standard MP3 compatible device.

This week, you’ll hear about a poll of Hispanics in the US, Japanese companies’ push towards English, and ancient carvings that may contain the remnants of a language. We hope you enjoy listening!

Listen to Episode 12: The Language News Report

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Articles in this week’s Language News Report

The Associated Press-Univision Poll (.pdf)
Poll: Language barrier a ‘risk’ for Latinos in schools
Poll: English-speaking Latinos turn to Spanish TV
Pawlenty: State should consider English-only measure
English Gets the Last Word in Japan
Efforts continue to make Hindi an official language of United Nations
Ancient language mystery deepens

Other noteworthy language-related articles
Imaging study sheds light on neural origins of baby talk
‘Baby Talk’ May Play Key Role in Language Acquisition
Texting generation doesn’t share boomers’ taste for talk
A new history of German shows how it came to be, and how it could have been
Talking double Dutch? Why we think it’s polite to copy an accent

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