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A computer made the word 'snunkoople.' Science knows why you find it funny

University of Alberta professor Chris Westbury was working with people with language problems when he noticed a funny thing. They all seemed to laugh at the made-up word “snunkoople.” 398 more words

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Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands

The Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is holding its 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference, Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands… 496 more words

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Culture and language in the classroom explored at Language Keepers Conference

Language is integral to First Nations’ culture and way of life. Values and tradition are passed down through language and stories in indigenous languages.

For elder Gladys Wapas-Greyeyes, it’s also a source of strength. 394 more words

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Words of Violence in Early Modern Italy

A one-day international conference, Words of Violence in Early Modern Italy, will be held at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, on 11 December 2015… 339 more words

Culture And Society

Celine Cooper: Emojis are emerging as a language of the global elite

Do words ever escape you? Then this one’s for you.

Last week, the Oxford Dictionaries chose its Word of the Year for 2015: “Face with Tears of Joy.” Citing a swell in emoji culture over the last year, Oxford Dictionaries and the London-based Swiftkey, a company that develops keyboard apps for smartphones, undertook research to see which images were being most frequently used. 573 more words

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Watchwords: The difference between 'cocktail dînatoire' and 'one-woman show'

I was walking through the Bell Centre this month when I noticed a poster for an event at the Monument National. “Valérie Blais,” the sign announced, “son premier one-woman show.” The Quebec actress was promising a full evening of standup comedy. 609 more words

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Letters: It's never easy to be an immigrant

Re: “Oaths that made me proud,” Opinion, Tejpal Singh Swatch, Nov. 14

I read this with interest and compassion. Swatch’s parents emigrated from India in the 1970s and faced ignorance and prejudice. 375 more words