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Amy Tan argues there are often different versions of the same language such as the English we speak in work settings and the English we speak with family members like parents and spouses. Amy Tan argues that one’s intelligence is often measured by one’s oral language skills but that is...

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With recent statistics suggesting that approximately 56% of the world’s population speaks two or three languages in an exceptionally fluent manner, it is no wonder that linguists, psychologists and sociologists across the world have been investigating the dynamics, advantages and disadvantages of bilinguism. Being bilingual means studying, speaking and understanding...

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Semiotics is the study of signs and the way people process signs, like analogies, metaphors and symbolism in communication. Umberto Eco proposed that cultural trends and symbols can be studied as communication. The philosopher John Locke, in his Essay Concerning Humane Understanding in 1690, first introduced the term semiotics to...

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I. Introduction Thesis statement: Bilingualism should be encouraged at various levels of community life due to its unique positive impact on human brain work at various levels of human development ranging from infancy to old age and embracing such critical areas as cognitive, emotional, and physical brain functioning. II. Body...

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In the world of globalization, the managing of a multilingual organization becomes a common task for the management employees. Such a task is characterized by certain positive aspects and challenges that should be kept in mind. The most important positive aspects are the opportunities for cultural exchange between employees. It...

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Bilingualism has been in the center of scholarly debate for quite a while by now. Some specialists argue that bilingual children develop better cognitive skills, while there are some other experts, who strongly believe: bilingual children are much slower to come up with their first word. Some specialists believe that...

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An interlanguage grammar is one that is acquired by the speakers of one language (L1) whilst they are attempting to learn another (L2). The interlanguage grammar is erroneous in the context of the second language, and may develop for one of two main reasons. The first is that L2 will...

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Security /sɪˈkjʊrətiː/, Missile /ˈmɪsəl/, IPads [ipads], Entertainment /ˌentərˈteɪnmənt/, Explanation /ˌekspləˈneɪʃən/, Linguistics / lɪŋˈgwɪstɪks/, Gratefully [gratefully], Question /ˈkwestʃən /, Thesis /ˈθiːsəs /, Apathetic /ˌæpəˈθetɪk /, Procession / prəˈseʃən /, Leisure /ˈliːʒər /, Elephantine /ˌeləˌfænˈtaɪniː/, Calculating /ˈkælkjəˌleɪtɪŋ/, Whitener /ˈwaɪtnər /, Exhortation /ˌekˌsɔrˈteɪʃən /, Geometry / dʒiːˈɑmətriː/, Rhythm /ˈrɪðəm /, Rhyme/ˈraɪm /, Rhythmical...

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Paragraph for analysis on page 214: Another example is found among the Bugis, a Muslim ethnic group inhabiting Sulawesi Island in Indonesia and numbering more than 6 million. The Bugis acknowledge five genders: oroane (masculine male), calabai (feminine male), makkunrai (feminine female), calalai (masculine female), and bissu. (Word count: 40...

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Drawing from two broad disciplines, Linguistic anthropology goes beyond simple analysis of language structure and patterns to examining the context and situation in which language is used. Ottenheimer (41) defines linguistic anthropology as the study of language as a cultural resource and practice within the context of anthropology. The discipline...

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Excerpt from page 9: In order to examine anthropological questions through linguistic analyses, linguistic anthropologist Dell Hymes developed a framework that focused on specific speech events. Such events form a discourse or an extended communication on a particular subject. Within a speech event or a series of events (...) Part...

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My assigned page was page 100. The first paragraph and first forty words on this page are as follows: In some northern regions, warmer climates brought about particularly marked changes, allowing the replacement of barren tundra with forests. In the process, the herd animals - upon which northern Paleolithic hunting...

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As a teen-aged Chinese immigrant to the United States, I had a head start on learning English. I spent hours watching American television shows, sometimes repeats of entire seasons of a single show, to pick up American grammar, word choice and colloquialisms. Interestingly, I discovered that some of my friends...

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Despite various myths which exist around bilingualism, a child, who is simultaneously facing two languages becomes a bilingual individual since both of the languages are primary for such a child (De Houwer, 1996). Such exposure to two languages in the early age has got a range of positive impacts upon...

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What is commonly known as the English language may be the most complex example of a native tongue undergoing vast change over history, resulting in a vernacular reflecting the strong influences shaping it over time. If there was an original British language, it was Celtic, an Indo-European tongue shared by...

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The objective of gender-neutral language aims to combat sexism through a re-thinking of how we use language. By moving away from gender-biased language, such as the use of only “he” in so-called pseudo-generic writing towards the use of both he and she, the view is that our communication will become...

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The word “impossible” functions as a constant barrier in our lives on multiple levels. When something cannot be accomplished, when a goal cannot be realized, when a dream cannot become a reality, it is dismissed as “impossible.” Accordingly, impossibility forms a dichotomy with its opposite possibility. When something is possible,...

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Abstract Language begins at birth and children will respond to various sounds even before they learn to speak. As they listen to the voices of those close to them, they respond to loud noises, cry when startled by a sound, and can become still when they hear a new sound....

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English as lingua franca (ELF) is more prevalent than the language of native English speakers in that users of this language (non-native— non-native interactions) out-number native speakers four to one. ELF is utilized by individuals who do not share a common language. The norms of ELF are not defined by...

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Introduction Learning and becoming proficient in a foreign language takes determination and hard work. For the writer in this case, he needs to learn it in order to become a teaching assistant. As such, he handles tasks that assists in his endeavor. Here’s a summary of what he wanted, and...

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The descriptor that contains the words a slithering, ground-bound, cold-blooded and legless creature can carry the name snake in any language. While the reptilian connotations is typically the first and most common agreed-upon definition of the word snake, this depiction is certainly not the only one. The five letters that...

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In Carson McCuller’s short story entitled “A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud,” the themes of lost love, failure, and unkind human actions abound. The themes of this short story are carried on its descriptions of that lost love, of the failures of the beer-drinking man, and through the description of...

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Growing up in Portugal, Portuguese was the first language I ever spoke. I learned about everything in this language, so changing to another language was initially hard for me. After moving to the United States at the age of 12, I learned to speak English. Not only was the actual...

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Using a standardized language is very crucial for communication and documentation in healthcare. In areas of specialization, this enhances the level of communication. This is because most of the medical terminologies are well understood among the experts across the globe. This is because standardizing the language that is used in...

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The drive to discover, or find a parallel, between animal communication and human language has long been a popular endeavor. The following paper critiques the article by Wade featured in the New York Times which explored a study of communication in primate communication by Klaus Zuberbühler. To these ends the...

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