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Forensic Linguistics 101

Forensic linguistics is the use of applied linguistics in legal settings. That definition is extremely broad, but so is the field of study itself. Perhaps it is easier to look at the two words separately.  Forensics is when science is used to resolve a legal issue. Linguistics is the scientific study of written and spoken language. Forensic linguistics then, is [...]

2022-06-13T10:12:54-04:00June 13th, 2022|English, History, Languages, Legal|

Why And How To Raise Bilingual Children

History of Negative Attitudes Towards Bilingualism In the past, there has been concern about whether or not children with bilingual or multilingual parents should only learn one language, or both. The language they might learn would usually be dictated by which country the family is located in, and which language has the most social and economic benefit. For example, being [...]

2022-05-24T11:35:50-04:00March 6th, 2022|Education, English, Languages|

Multilingual Classrooms: A Tool, Not An Obstacle For Education

All across the United States, and especially in metropolitan cities like New York City and Los Angeles, schools are filled with students who speak the language of their families at home, while completing classwork, interacting with teachers and making friends in English at school.[1] Often, this presents a very real difficulty for educators who are required to assure English proficiency [...]

2022-05-10T18:16:18-04:00February 24th, 2022|Education, English, Languages|

Three Simple Mistranslations that Echoed Through History

Humanity has always needed to communicate cross-culturally. This need is often motivated by scientific research, commerce, political negotiations, or the translation of religious texts. Yet, the different languages of the Earth have always posed potential problems for mistranslation. There are times when these mistranslations have inconsequential results, and there are times when these mistranslations have nearly catastrophic results. Here, we [...]

Loanwords As a Window Into Multilingualism

Although it is hard to get an exact number, it is estimated that half of the world’s population is bilingual.[1] The estimate of trilingual people in the world is around 1 billion.[2] If you speak 3 or more languages, you’re known as “multilingual” and you’re much more rare among your fellow humans.[3] No matter what your title is, the cognitive [...]

2022-05-24T11:54:55-04:00January 14th, 2022|English, French, Languages|
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