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Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

This video is an excellent response to the constant chorus of sky-is-falling pedants out there worried about the “decline” of language. Texting and netspeak are actually fascinating new developments in written language, and we should all approach them with the

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Should we really be teaching our kids all these grammar rules?

In schools around the world, children are spending thousands of hours in the classroom, learning rules to govern how they use their native language. In the US, we’d call that English class; mine was Grammar and Composition. In Japan, it’s

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What can hyperpolyglots teach us?

I want to share a really neat clip with you guys. It’s about hyperpolyglots, people who speak a large number of languages. If you don’t have 15 minutes to spare to watch, I’ll forgive you. For a brief summary: there

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