Episode 14: The Language News Report
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During the Language News Report, you’ll hear summaries of the last few 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.
During this installment, you’ll hear about language protests in China, the possible health benefits of bilingualism, and a Bengali take on a Shakespearean classic. We hope you enjoy listening!
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Articles in this week’s Language News Report
Tibetan students in China protest over language policy
English becomes Europe’s second language
Georgia imposes universal English classes to leave Russia orbit
Building a More Resilient Brain
York professor finds bilingualism can delay onset of dementia
Study shows Japanese infants hear foreign words according to Japanese language rules by 14 months
Heard for the first time in 2,000 years: Scientists post readings of ancient Babylonian poems online
‘Lost’ language discovered on back of letter
Endangered Language Watch: The Discovery of the Koro Language in the Himalayas
A Bengali take on the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet
Other noteworthy language-related articles
“Genius grant” a boost to linguist as she revives a native language
Building language skills more critical for boys than girls, study finds
Study finds language barriers may play role in health care disparities
Piecing together the fragmented brain
What happens when language scientists use their own children as test subjects?
Cabinet okays language law amendment
Critics say new language plans have no power
The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives
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Thank you to the following people for use of their field recordings and samples:
Genghis Attenborough and Djgriffin