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2012-11-01 10:11:49

Many young Jamaican immigrants are succeeding in the United States precisely because they remain strongly tied to Jamaican culture, said University of Illinois professor Gail M. Ferguson. "Although many of these youths have forged a unique tricultural identity that draws from their Jamaican culture, African-American culture, and mainstream European American culture, the important factor in their academic and behavioral success is retaining strong ties to their Jamaican background," she...

2009-05-07 14:42:14

Children as young as 19 months understand different dialects, researchers in Australia found. Catherine Best of MARCS Laboratories at the University of Western Sydney, along with colleagues from Haskins Laboratories and Wesleyan University, report the early development of this cross-dialect skill, which they term phonological constancy. The study, described in Psychological Science, suggests phonological constancy is evident by 19 months of age, but is not yet present at 15 months. In the...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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