Tag: language

Tackling the Barriers between Health Professionals and Spanish-Speaking Communities

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 | Tags: ,

Communication is essential to doctors, nurses, and other health professionals, but language and cultural barriers prevent many people in the U.S. from communicating effectively with their health care providers. But language scholars in North Carolina are trying to improve the situation, with a suite of programs and resources designed to improve Spanish-language communication efforts for

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You say tomato, I say soda. Or is it pop?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

Here’s a nifty new way of looking at some old regional differences in dialect. NC State graduate student Joshua Katz was looking for an idea for his end-of-year statistics project, when he came across interesting linguistics data from Dr. Bert Vaux of Cambridge University. Vaux had collected data on regional dialects in the U.S. via

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Time Machine: See and Hear John Donne Preach (Sort Of)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 | Tags: , , , ,

While the time machine has not yet been invented to transport us back to 17th century England, a researcher named John Wall is attempting to use modern technology to do the next best thing – recreating an important scene involving politics, religion and literary figure John Donne. Best of all, he’s hoping to make it

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Language Development Is Cyclical In Kids

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 | Tags: ,

Does it sometimes seem like your kids are suddenly speaking a totally different language? Well, you may be on to something. New research on language development in African-American children shows that kids go through cycles – going back and forth between standard English and vernacular English a couple of times before settling into an established

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Hey, Dit Dots! A Coastal N.C. Vocabulary Quiz

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | Tags: ,

It has been said that England and the U.S. are two nations divided by a common language. But you don’t have to travel overseas to find English words and phrases that are virtually impossible to decipher to outsiders. The coastal region of North Carolina is home to a host of terms that make little sense

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