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For many, writing in a new language isn’t the sexiest skill to work on.

Speaking and listening are more fun, whilst reading is easier to practise.

So why bother?

Here are 6 unobvious reasons why a writing habit is a game changer...

#langtwt #studytwt #Languages
• 1) fill holes in your vocabulary

At first, you may realise you need a lot of new vocabulary. Don't let this discourage you.

Searching for these words, adding them to your vocabulary system and then using them will cement new words into your brain.
• 2) help improve your speaking

Organising your ideas on paper will create and maintain neural pathways in your brain.

This makes you more familiar with sentence/grammar construction, more comfortable with specific topics and helps you remember words faster in a conversation.
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خطہ پاکستان میں بولی جانےوالی زبانیں
پاکستان میں #اردو کےعلاؤہ درجنوں چھوٹی بڑی زبانیں بولی جاتی ہیں جوایک قابل فخربات ھے۔
ایک اندازےکیمطابق پاکستان میں 74زبانیں مروج ہیں۔ ایسانہیں کہ ان زبانوں کوحقیر سمجھاجاتاھےبلکہ افسوس تویہاں ھوتاھےکہ پاکستان
#Philology
#Linguistics
#Language
کی ان منفرد زبانوں کی درجہ بندی "Athena Log" نامی ویب سائٹ نے کی جس میں جرمنی اور ناروے کے ماہرین لسانیات نے کام کیا۔
اسلام آباد کا ایک غیر سرکاری ادارہ "Forum for Language Initiative" دمیلی، گورباتی، پالولا، یوشوجو اور یدغا زبانوں کی بنیادی گرامر اور الفاظ کے اردو معنوں پرکتابیں
مرتب کرچکا ھے۔
اسکایہ مطلب نہیں کہ زبانوں کو نظر انداز کر دیا گیا ھے بلکہ یہ زبانیں محدود اور مخصوص علاقوں میں بولی جانے کیوجہ سے سب کے علم میں نہیں ھوتی۔
مخصوص علاقوں میں بولی جانےوالی زبانوں کی طاقت اور وجود کا اندازہ ان میں موجود ادب، میوزک اور بولنے والوں کی تعداد سے ھوتا ھے۔
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Over the next century many of the world's languages will stop being spoken and die.

This is an unprecedented loss of cultural diversity.

Why? We wondered if there were common underlying factors driving this endangerment.

nature.com/articles/s4155…

#linguistics #languages 1/n
Each language has a unique history, and has particular threats and challenges. However, what about global factors? We adapted the analytical approaches that have been applied in conservation biology to characterise current threats to language diversity.
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We gathered data on factors that influence languages: how they're transmitted, how kids learn them, what policies are there about them, as well as the demographic, environmental, socioeconomic and political conditions they're spoken in. 3/n
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Inga Clendinnen "Dancing with Strangers"

In this thread students @MQLinguistics read Clendinnen's historical #ethnography based on the diaries of the officers of the 1st fleet to learn about #InterculturalCommunication between British colonizers and Sydney's Indigenous people
#DancingWithStrangers is a story of confusion and ignorance of #culture #language, aspirations, traditions and #law
One of the most tragic figures is Baneelon, an Australian kidnapped by Governor Phillip and taught English in a desperate attempt to create an intermediary.
The detailed musings of the white men in #DancingWithStrangers contrast with the deafening silence of any women's voices - what did the Indigenous and colonising #women think of each other? Of the men they encountered? How different would history be if women had been in charge?
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In this thread 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼students @MQLinguistics @Macquarie_Uni share what they've learned so far (1st quarter of semester)

Favorite facts about #languages and #cultures in #contact
In #Arabic we say: “Footprints indicate trajectory”, but I never thought that a wheel would reveal a culture. This is how #cultures can be traced through #languages. The reading made me feel like I am solving a puzzle more than exploring languages.
Think twice before starting to learn #English, cuz you’ll end up learning even more -- #German and #French, and more …
After all, it was the Anglo-Saxons and Normans who influenced the vocabulary!!
English is a mixed #language!
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- Over the past few years, the #government has proposed to #amend several #environmental #laws and create entirely #new ones.
- The government has also proposed very large #industrial and #developmental projects which would effectively ruin the environment of the areas. [1/10]
#KenBetwa #River Linking #Project
This project would drown almost the entirety of the #PannaNationalPark, a richly biodiverse national park, hosting tigers, leopards, and even critically-endangered #vultures.
Read more about the project at 'The Vanishing' by @prernabindra [2/10]
2018-19: #Holistic Development of #Islands
- The #NITIAayog published a series of documents, laying out a plan to 'develop' the Indian Islands into tourist hubs.
- These documents ignored the #people and #ecology of the islands completely.
Read more: [3/10]
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#HindaviSwarajya #MarathiBhashaDiwas

When Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj conceptualized the idea of Hindu self rule (Hindavi Swarajya), he had it in his mind to purify & purge the Mleccha influences upon the linguistic sphere too!
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Chhatrapati Shivraji Maharaj directed efforts to bring about the development of indigenous language for administrative use. Farsi was replaced with a Sanskritized Marathi through the publication of Rajyavyavharkosh - राज्यव्यवहार कोश.
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And that sacred work of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was carried forward by Swantryaveer Savarkar, as is beautifully explained via the above pictorial representation.
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#goodmorning Students
In this article we will answer a question that is frequently asked by every student seeking to write a #thesis or a #research paper

⏩How do you write a proposal ❓

🔸Definition
🔸proposal purpose
🔸Proposal Components.
🔸Proposal Steps
🔸Proposal Skills
🔷Definition
A thesis proposal is an outline that defines the issues and problems the #thesis needs to solve. and describes the resources, data and materials needed. To improve your skills in researching you must keep it up to date in the scientific #research field.
🔷Proposal purpose
1️⃣ To write a significant contribution to knowledge.
2️⃣ To prepare a well-planned project includes methodological, theoretical #framework proposal.
3️⃣ To make sure the #research proposal can be achievable on time
4️⃣ To make sure that you got the suitable skills
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#November 11th-

#VeteransDay Was Originally #ArmisticeDay

#ArmisticeDay began in 1918 to celebrate The Day World Leaders Came Together To End #WWI- The 'War To End All Wars'- And The Idea Of Ending All #War

original.antiwar.com/gerry_condon/2…
"Over one hundred years ago the world celebrated #peace as a universal principle. #WWI had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all #wars#ArmisticeDay was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause...
... of world #peace and to be thereafter celebrated." After #WorldWarII, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand #November11 as #VeteransDay. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the #military and glorifying #war. #ArmisticeDay was flipped from a day for #peace into...
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Happy #StarTrekDay! 🖖🏼🖖🏼🖖🏼

Here are our top #StarTrek #language and #communication fun facts 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Image
#StarTrek #language and #communication fun fact:

#Klingon is an object-verb-subject language (instead of "Klingons cherish their honor" >>> "Their honor cherish Klingons") Image
#StarTrek #language and #communication fun fact:

"The #UniversalTranslator could never work. Discuss." makes a great essay topic for #Linguistics 101 students. Image
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In this thread 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼students of #Literacies unit @MQLinguistics @Macquarie_Uni share what they've learned so far (1st quarter of semester)

Favorite facts about #literacy

#Literacy is dynamic, continually developing and unfolds in new and unexpected ways. Learning the inception of #writing and its trajectory to the forms we use now has me excited to observe how literacy continues to develop in the future

languageonthemove.com/who-invented-w…
I particularly was surprised by the fact that early prints were made to be similar to handwriting, I thought that was quite genius idea! Also, I liked the fact that printed #books were given to the people whose main job was to decorate them! Image
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Why Tulu should be included in 8th schedule of Indian Constitution?

1. Tulu is one of the ancient languages of India and it is one of the five major Dravidian languages of South India. M.S. Andronov, the Russian Linguist, states that 'Tulu has emerged as an (1/4) #Tulu Image
independent language from the Proto-Dravidian family, 2000 years back.' (M.S.Andronov: Dravidian Languages, 1970.) Robert Caldwell, another Linguist had clearly stated, 'Tulu is one of the most highly developed languages of Dravidian family of languages and (2/4)
#TuluLanguage
has an equal place among the languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada'. (Robert Caldwell, Comparative Grammar of Dravidian Languages, 1856.) Dr. P.S. Subrahmanyam, Professor of Linguistics, Annamalai University, (3/4)
#Tulu #Tululanguage #Tulunad
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Do you think #English is a linguistic juggernaut?

You're right but spare a thought for the #Latin #alphabet - the greatest linguistic superpower of all times

More #languages and people use the #Latin #script than all other scripts combined The world's 15 largest #lan...
#Languages that use the #Latin script have official or co-official status in many countries around the world https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
And the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals from 1968 ensures a prominent presence of the #Latin #alphabet in public spaces around the world Bilingual traffic signs on ...
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#NewEducationPolicy #languages are so many things.
Transactional, medium of learning, to read 'literature', the one you express yourself in, your thinking language and so on.
Non-Hindi languages have been at risk; it is a welcome move that much more is being done for them
However, both Hindi and Local languages are taught in most unimaginative ways. It is hard to grasp the syntax, beauty, versatility of each one of those unless taught well (some children may get it instinctively).
We need better writing in Indian languages for children
Make languages fun, get the basics right, enjoy the quirks, make children listen to people talking .... then focus on literary pieces;
Right now many text books of middle school have excerpts from writings which are either out of context or have complex constructs. Off putting
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1st JULY: ST JUNIPERO SERRA

~thread~
1. Born at Petra, Island of Majorca, St Junipero entered the Franciscan Order in 1730.

He was appointed lector of philosophy before his ordination to the priesthood. Later he joined the missionary college...
#StJuniperoSerra #July1st Image
2. of San Fernando, Mexico (1749). While travelling on foot from Vera Cruz to the capital, he injured his leg in such a way that he suffered from it throughout his life, though he continued to make his journeys on foot whenever possible.

At his own request he was assigned...
3. to the Sierra Gorda Missions some thirty leagues north of Queretaro. He served there for nine years, part of the time as superior, and learned the language of the local native Americans (Pame).

Recalled to Mexico, he became famous as a most fervent... #languages #Mexico
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#Indigenous histories are often erased worldwide. Doing work to #decolonize means we have to tell the stories that are invisibilized and embrace the layers.

This is a wonderful graphic via the @DhakaTribune on indigenous #languages of #Bangladesh, of which #Bangla is only one. Image
We have so much richness in speech. The code at the bottom left shows some of the diversity in where these linguistic differences came from as well.
Shoutout to a Bangali friend who shared this image months ago - I'm forgetting now who shared it (please let me know if you see this) but I want to amplify this as a specific example of using social media as a way to have community-based learning. 🇧🇩❤📚
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This #SOASLangs week, we'll delve in our #African languages holdings @SOASLibrary and @SOAS_SpecColl, or rather just brush on their surface: with several 100s of languages and dialects represented, it is our most #multilingual collection!

#AfricanLanguages #Multilingualism ImageImageImage
Let's start with #Swahili also known as #Kiswahili.

This @SOAS "Language for Lockdown" video is a great introduction to the 1,200 years history of Swahili: .

#SOASLangs #SOASfromHome Image
@SOAS @CAS_SOAS @SOAS_SpecColl hold a great collection of Swahili manuscripts, see digital.soas.ac.uk/swahili.

Among them figure a few copies of al-Inkishafi "The Soul's Awakening", a 19th cent. poem by Sayyid Abdallah bin Ali bin Nassir.

#Swahili #SOASLangs #SOASfromHome #Inkishafi Image
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As in the early 19th century, the nature of #knowledge itself is being transformed in fundamental ways in the early 21st century

3 key challenges of contemporary #research #communication 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

royalsoc.org.au/images/pdf/jou… Image
During #Humboldt’s time, scientific inquiry and rational thought became foundational to the constitution of #knowledge. Today, we see the relegation of #science to one opinion among many, in debates over matters
ranging from #ClimateChange to #Vaccination
royalsoc.org.au/images/pdf/jou… Image
During #Humboldt’s time, challenge for researchers was to develop new channels through which to communicate #knowledge. Today, challenge is for researchers to make their voices heard in the noise of social media communications 👉🏼dangerous #infodemic

royalsoc.org.au/images/pdf/jou… Image
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Weekend readings on #language aspects of the #COVIDー19 pandemic from Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, Qatar, and South Africa

languageonthemove.com/tag/covid-19/
What are the challenges faced by new arrival students who are still #learning the #language of their new home during the #COVIDー19 school closures? by @Barakos_E and @simone_carolin @unihh

languageonthemove.com/recent-arrival…
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What's the difference between a Data Engineer , a Data Analyst & a Data Scientist?

If you want to make sure you don’t lose your job in the next five years, you probably want to know something about Big Data, or even switch to a data-related career.
#Thread
#DataScience #Data
You don’t need to be an excellent statistician or a high-class mathematician to work in data science or analytics, nor do you need a lot of prior programming knowledge.
- Dr. Rebecca Pope (Head, Data Science d Engineering at KPMG)

#DataScience #Data #DataAnalyst #Statistics
However, you do need an interest in statistics, you do need to be willing to learn how to code, and you do need to know how to do some high level mathematical operations. Data scientists are not just statisticians.

#DataScience #Data #DataAnalyst #Statistics
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Around 3000 BCE in eastern #Europe, a Proto-Balto-Slavic #language started to diverge from #ProtoIndoEuropean.

The #Slavic branch of the #IndoEuropean #languages began about 2,000 years later when Proto-Slavic deviated from Proto-Balto-Slavic.

[Image: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balt…] Source: The Indo-European L...
As the #Slavic-speaking area expanded during the first millennium CE (striped area on map), Proto-Slavic transitioned to Common Slavic. The #language underwent minor changes that occurred mostly uniformly across eastern #Europe, thereby maintaining mutual intelligibility. A map of eastern Europe sho...
Around the year 1000 CE #CommonSlavic began to split into the South, West, and East branches to which all modern #Slavic #languages belong.

Roughly 315m people speak a Slavic #language, mostly in Eastern #Europe (including the #Balkan peninsula), #CentralAsia, and #Siberia. A map of Europe highlightin...
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Holiday treat for #language nerds:

5-part podcast about #multilingualism in #Australia on @RadioNational produced by @birdpham and @masakofukuisyd

👇🏼Quick episode-by-episode summary below 👇🏼

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In Episode 1, you will learn about the global #language hierarchy, and discover why a #multilingual person may not be able to say "take a shower" in all their #languages

abc.net.au/radionational/…
In Episode 2, you can listen to a cute little girl refusing to call her mother #Vietnamese "mẹ" and opting for #English "mummy" instead

And @HannaTorsh explains why #bilingual #parenting is a #feminist issue

abc.net.au/radionational/…
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***On the conditions of authority in academic publics***

This thread 👇🏼 summarizes recent article by Ingrid Piller in Journal of #Sociolinguistics for the busy reader

#research #AcademicTwitter Image
Q: What makes a #text credible, trustworthy and authoritative?

Many people think it's the quality of #discourse: that some ways of using #language make text more believable

Certainly true BUT: world leaders may talk complete nonsense and still command authority and get elected ImageImage
That is because "#authority comes to #language from outside” (Bourdieu, 1991, p. 109) Image
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What are your favorite blog posts from the first ten years of Language-on-the-Move?

The following posts are the top 10 most commented on posts:
#1 most commented on post: #Literacy, the #power code

languageonthemove.com/literacy-the-p…
#2 most commented on post: Are #Aboriginal #languages really useless in the #workplace?

Hint: no, they are not, once you adjust your perspective ...

languageonthemove.com/are-aboriginal…
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