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2012-03-21 14:31:05

Readers whose mother tongue is Arabic have more challenges reading in Arabic than native Hebrew or English speakers have reading their native languages, because the two halves of the brain divide the labor differently when the brain processes Arabic than when it processes Hebrew or English. That is the result of a new study conducted by two University of Haifa researchers, Dr. Raphiq Ibrahim of the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities and the Learning...

2012-02-01 00:59:41

The European Union has 27 member countries and 23 official languages, but its official business is carried out primarily in one language – English. Yet the striking findings of a new study show that barely a third of the EU´s 500 million citizens speak English. What about the other two-thirds? They are linguistically disenfranchised, say the study´s authors. For the EU´s non-English speakers, their native languages are of limited use in the EU´s political,...

2011-12-10 01:18:26

A new study of how compound word formation is influenced by subtle forms of linguistic pressure demonstrates that words which "sound better" to the speakers of a language have a higher chance of being created, suggesting that, like biological organisms, words are subject to selection pressures that play a role in deciding which words become part of a language over time. The study, "Grammars leak: Modeling how phonotactic generalizations interact within the grammar," to be published in the...

2010-07-20 14:36:40

A foreign accent undermines a person's credibility in ways that the speaker and the listener don't consciously realize, new research at the University of Chicago shows. Because an accent makes a person harder to understand, listeners are less likely to find what the person says as truthful, researchers found. The problem of credibility increases with the severity of the accent. "The results have important implications for how people perceive non-native speakers of a language, particularly as...

2010-06-21 20:37:13

Despite the fact that the African languages in Rwanda and Uganda are marginalised in most formal domains in society, they are used far more extensively than commonly believed. This is one conclusion reached in a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Sub-Saharan Africa is characterised by a large number of indigenous languages that are not appointed official languages. In fact, Westerners often find the vast linguistic diversity difficult to comprehend. By comparing...

2010-06-17 07:41:00

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine having your own personal creative editor who feeds you great phrasing suggestions as you type. Imagine still that he's multilingual, with impeccable grammar and spelling - Oh, and imagine he works for you pro bono, not charging you a thing. What you're actually imagining is a software called eType. (Sorry, most real editors just aren't this debonair.) Launching today with six available languages, this international software of mystery will...

2009-11-11 17:18:02

Do you speak English as a second language well, but still have trouble understanding movies with unfamiliar accents, such as Brad Pitt's southern accent in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds? In a new study, published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, Holger Mitterer (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) and James McQueen (MPI and Radboud University Nijmegen) show how you can improve your second-language listening ability by watching the movie with subtitles"”as long as...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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