Audio & transcript: How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication? … Finding one’s true place in the world is a massive trope, not just in film and theatre, but also in literature, education and motivational seminars – any place… Read More >> 0 comments
“Just putting 30 seconds of explanation in the program helped the children to understand what the lessons were in a 12-minute segment,” said Drew P. Cingel, UC Davis assistant professor of communication and the lead author of the two recent studies. He explained that the researchers’ inserts were simple, but presented messages literally rather than… Read More >> 0 comments
We’re much more likely to be hanging out on social media than at the watercooler these days. But just because we’re no longer face-to-face when we chat, doesn’t mean our communication is completely disembodied. …Over the last three decades, psychologists, linguists, and anthropologists, along with researchers from other traditions, have come together to understand how… Read More >> 0 comments
Essay. As we see it, metaphor exists – and relies upon – the complex, emotionally resonant, arresting connections we make. These linkages, between ourselves and the world, require a degree of primary experience, as well as sensitivity to the nature and details of that experience. Metaphor is the knot between language and image, between language… Read More >> 0 comments
Video: Human language is, of course, far from static. Our vocabularies are constantly being influenced by cultural movements, migrations, new technologies and much, much more. Indeed, even good old-fashioned mixups can shape the way we speak, write and think. As this animation from BBC Ideas explains, there’s a long and rich history of commonly misheard… Read More >> 0 comments
If you want your child to have a rich and fulfilling life, one of the best things you can do is help build your child’s vocabulary. Research shows strong language ability is associated with a number of positive things, including happiness, friendships, connections with family, academic success and a satisfying career.
The best TV shows and films don’t simply distract from the drudgery of everyday life. They’re places to vicariously get to know different people, and learn from their relationships and experiences. Media scholars like ourselves have a term for how stories can effect us in these ways – “boundary expansion” – and every viewer experiences some level… Read More >> 0 comments
Now Pope Francis has risked the wrath of traditionalists by approving a change to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of saying “lead us not into temptation”, it will say “do not let us fall into temptation”.
Sadri, 39, said: “It was a way of channelling frustration into action and holding some of these politicians to account with a bit of humour. There’s a lot to be said for laughing at those in power.”
Blame a one-word culprit: search. Todd Stocke, senior vice president and editorial director at Sourcebooks, said that subtitle length and content have a lot to do with finding readers through online searches. “It used to be that you could solve merchandising communication on the cover by adding a tagline, blurb or bulleted list,” he said…. Read More >> 0 comments
Cataloging and classification are critical to any library. Without them, finding materials would be impossible. However, there are biases that can result in patrons not getting the materials they need. I have worked in university libraries for over 20 years, and I’d like to highlight some issues of bias that you need to be aware… Read More >> 0 comments
Ranchers and seekers of the “mythic West” travel each year to a small Nevada city to practice a tradition born of labor and regional identity. … The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, now in its 35th year, draws thousands of ranch workers and Western enthusiasts to this small city. Their home base is the Pioneer Saloon,… Read More >> 0 comments
In April 2019, I examined the 100 bestselling picture books at Australian book retailer Dymocks: an almost 50/50 mix of modern and classic stories (the majority being published in the past five years). I discovered that despite the promising evolution of the rebel girl trend, the numbers tell us that picture books as a whole… Read More >> 0 comments
We asked readers who wrote their own vows to tell us how they tackled the task — and to share the words that ultimately felt right to them.
Video: Otto Preminger’s Anatomy Of A Murder (1958) is absolutely in my top five favorite movies of all time. Some of that has to do with my obsession with Jimmy Stewart (who I think was the best actor to ever live). But mostly I’m just in awe of the masterful work Otto Preminger does to… Read More >> 0 comments
Before my coma I’d never heard of foreign accent syndrome, which can occur when people wake up from a coma and their speech is affected; people sometimes perceive it as a foreign accent. What happened to me is different, because I really was speaking French, and not just for a few seconds – for two… Read More >> 0 comments
This research indicates that readers can deeply engage with characters and scenarios, giving them a better understanding of our shared humanity and common struggles. Indeed, leading expert Dr. Keith Oatley of the University of Toronto notes that “fiction can augment and help us understand our social experience.”
Our study shows that fictional stories can act as a refuge and create opportunities for personal growth. We’re not saying that watching more television or movies will automatically improve your life or your relationships. But there’s something certainly to be said about the power stories can wield – and their ability to help those grappling… Read More >> 0 comments
Previous studies have shown that frequent shared reading prepares children for school by building language, literacy and emotional skills, but the study by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School researchers may be the first to focus on how shared reading affects parenting.
“As language and society evolve, words that were once considered merely slang sometimes take on an offensive odor,” we wrote more than seven years ago. We were referring then to the kinds of ethnic and racial terms that may have always been offensive but made their way into common language, like “squaw” and “paddy wagon.”… Read More >> 0 comments