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Sunday, February 26, 2012











Language Acquisition Episode 6














Language Acquisition Episode 5













Language Acquisition Episode 4













Language Acquisition Episode 3




Language Acquisition Episode 2













Language Acquisition Episode 1




The use of spoken language is unique to humans. Evidence suggests that our capacity for language is directed by our genes.







How Children Acquire and Produce Language (BBC, 2001)




This video excerpt is from BBC's critically acclaimed documentary, 'The Human Body'. 

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Grey Matters: Understanding Language



Why are humans the only species to have language? Is there something special about our brains? Are there genes that have evolved for language? In this talk, Jeff Elman, UCSD professor of cognitive science and co-director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, discusses some of the exciting new research that helps us understand what it is about human language that is so different from other animals' communication systems, and what about our biology might make language possible. Series: "Grey Matters" [7/2006] 
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode # 5 Life and Death - preview. 



It is predicted that within a century more than half of the worlds languages will become extinct, but as languages are lost, new ones emerge naturally or are constructed. In this program, Noam Chomsky; Esperantist Thomas Eccard; endangered languages researcher Peter Ladefoged, who has since passed away; and others provide insights into the language life cycle. Topics include constructed languages such as Esperanto, language endangerment and preservation, and the role of globalization in language obsolescence. The experts also discuss current language trends and offer their opinions on which languages may emerge as front-runners of the future. (48 minutes) One part of a five part ground breaking documentary series
Produced by Syncopated Productions Inc.
Speaking in Tongues The History of Language Episode # 4 Civilization to Colonization - preview. 



Writing is a relative latecomer to the history of language. This program tracks its emergence in Mesopotamia, China, and Mesoamerica and its spread down through the millennia via conquest—usually violent, sometimes benign—and colonization. The creation of creoles and pidgins resulting from the interaction of specific populations is also addressed, and speculation is made about the first things to be written down. Noam Chomsky; Peter Daniels, coeditor of The Worlds Writing Systems; the Manhattan Institutes John McWhorter; MITs Michel DeGraff; and Salikoko Mufwene, of The University of Chicago, contribute. (48 minutes)
One part of a five part ground breaking documentary series
Produced by Syncopated Productions Inc.
Speaking in Tongue: The History of language Episode # 3 Mother Tongue - preview. 



This program travels the globe as it surveys a large portion of the worlds languages—25 percent of which are spoken by a mere 0.1 percent of the Earths population. Moving from Africa to Oceania and up to Asia and then west to Europe and across the ocean to the Americas, the program assesses how many languages are spoken in each region, the characteristics they share, and misconceptions about them. Historical background on some of the key languages of the regions is included as well. The commentary of Salikoko Mufwene, coeditor of The Ecology of Language Evolution; Larry Hyman, of U.C. Berkeley; Hua Lin, of the University of Victoria; Harvard Universitys Jay Jasanoff; and Lyle Campbell, of the University of Utah, is featured. (48 minutes) Produced by One part of a five part ground breaking documentary series
Produced by Syncopated Productions Inc.
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language Episode #2 Constant Change preview. 



In this program, John McWhorter, author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language; Lyle Campbell, of the University of Utah; Brian Joseph, of The Ohio State University; and population geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza examine factors that contributed to the diversification and spread of languages, including early migration, the introduction of agriculture, and genes. Language transfer from mother to child and from one population to the next is also investigated, along with the concept of dialects and commonalities among the worlds more than 6,000 languages. (48 minutes) One part of a five part ground breaking documentary series
Produced by Syncopated Productions Inc.
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Langauge - Episode # 1






 - Let There Be Words preview. What precisely is language, and how did humans acquire it? In an effort to answer those essential questions, this program journeys back to prehistoric times in search of languages origin. But this is not a passive discussion, as Noam Chomsky; Brown Universitys Philip Lieberman; Johanna Nichols, of U.C. Berkeley; Stanford Universitys Merritt Ruhlen; professor of anthropology Richard Klein; Nobel physicist Murray Gell-Mann; and others passionately defend their points of view. Additional topics include distinguishing features of human communication and what humankinds first utterances may have been. The early evolution and migration of humans is also considered. (48 minutes) One part of a five part ground breaking documentary series
Produced by Syncopated Productions Inc.

Gibberish rock song written by Italian composer to sound like English


Tuesday, February 21, 2012






Providing Therapy Across Different Cultures


When immigrants face depression, therapy may not be the first option they explore for relief. When they do seek counseling, they often encounter a cross-cultural struggle to understand and be understood by American practitioners.


BBC News and Analysis in Your Language











BBC's Essential Phrases in 40 Languages 


To hear phrases from languages below, go to BBC Language



Learn and take these essential phrases in 40 languages with you on your mp3 player and as a print-out!
Basic phrases in Arabic - © Vladimir Wrangel - Fotolia.com - 3218770

Arabic

20 basic phrases in Arabic
Kruje, Albania - general view of city © BBC

Albanian

12 essential holiday phrases in Albanian
Bar tables in the Plaza Santiago in the Casco Viejo © BBC/Alex Segre. Bar tables in the Plaza Santiago in the Casco Viejo, the old part of town, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain

Basque

12 essential holiday phrases in Basque
Church in Minsk - copyright SXC - Max Mitenkov

Belarusian

12 essential holiday phrases in Belarusian
Around the World in 80 Treasures : Prog 10 : Homeward Bound © BBC.

Bosnian

12 essential holiday phrases in Bosnian
Village in Southern Bulgaria © BBC

Bulgarian

12 essential holiday phrases in Bulgarian
General view of an old Catalan village copyright BBC / Fred Adler.

Catalan

12 essential holiday phrases in Catalan
Chinese

Chinese

Essential holiday phrases in Chinese
Brovnik general viewn copyright BBC / Fred Adler. Dubrovnik, in Croatia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations off the Adriatic Sea.

Croatian

12 essential holiday phrases in Croatian
PRAGUE SKYLINE AT NIGHT 1© BBC HORNER, CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE

Czech

12 essential holiday phrases in Czech
General views of Copenhagen, Denmark, © BBC.

Danish

12 essential holiday phrases in Danish
WIndmills at Zaanse Schans in Holland © BBC

Dutch

12 essential holiday phrases in Dutch
Tallinn skyline in Estonia copyright BBC / Fred Adler.

Estonian

12 essential holiday phrases in Estonian
Husky dogs © BBC FINLAND KEMI

Finnish

12 essential holiday phrases in Finnish
Bruges street scene with canal © BBC

Flemish

12 essential holiday phrases in Flemish
Place des Lices, Rennes, Bretagne. Photo by Delphine D├ęsard

French

Essential holiday phrases in French
German

German

Essential holiday phrases in German
Basic phrases. Church, Milos, Cyclades, Greece  © Annabel Else

Greek

Essential holiday phrases in Greek
Budapest, Hungary © BBC

Hungarian

12 essential holiday phrases in Hungarian
Icelandic, Arnastapi, Iceland © Annabel Else

Icelandic

12 essential holiday phrases in Icelandic
Italian

Italian

Essential holiday phrases in Italian
A temple in Kyoto - © Dianah Ngo

Japanese

15 essential phrases in Japanese
Riga, Latvia © BBC

Latvian

12 essential holiday phrases in Latvian
Kaunas Castle in Kaunas, copyright BBC / Fred Adler. Kaunas Castle, 13th century castle, probably built by Kêstutis to defend a road to Trakai, was Lithuania's first defensive bastion and the only double-walled castle in Lithuania.

Lithuanian

12 essential holiday phrases in Lithuanian
LUXEMBOURG SKYLINE 1 © BBC WINDSOR, LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourgish

12 essential holiday phrases in Luxembourgish
St. Kliment Ohridski Church, Skopje © BBC. St. Kliment Ohridski Church (St Clement of Ohrid) in Skopje, Macedonia.

Macedonian (FYROM)

12 essential holiday phrases in Macedonian (language of FYROM)
General skyline view across Valletta, Malta © BBC

Maltese

12 essential holiday phrases in Maltese
Norway, Kristainsand © BBC

Norwegian

12 essential holiday phrases in Norwegian
Wroclaw, Poland © BBC

Polish

Essential holiday phrases in Polish
The Alfama, Lisbon © BBC View of the Alfama district in Lisbon, Portugal.

Portuguese

Essential holiday phrases in Portuguese
Sambata, Brancoveanu Monastery, Romania © BBC

Romanian

12 essential holiday phrases in Romanian
Churches of the Intercession and the Transfiguration, Kizhi Island, Russia © BBC

Russian

Essential holiday phrases in Russian
Houses on the outskirts of Pristina © BBC

Serbian

12 essential holiday phrases in Serbian
KREMESNIK © BBC SOWERSBY SLOVAKIA KREMESNIK

Slovak

12 essential holiday phrases in Slovak
General view of the main town square of Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia. copyright BBC / Fred Adler

Slovene

12 essential holiday phrases in Slovene
Spanish

Spanish

Essential holiday phrases in Spanish
Street scene in central Malmo, Sweden © BBC

Swedish

12 essential holiday phrases in Swedish
Turkish

Turkish

12 essential holiday phrases in Turkish
KIEV RICHARD THE LIONHEART CASTLE ST ANDREWS CHURCH 1 © BBC SOWERSBY

Ukrainian

12 essential holiday phrases in Ukrainian
Basic phrases in Urdu

Urdu

21 basic phrases in Urdu