Tag : language

Losing a language – a war of attrition

2 years ago / 0 comments

Linguists describe the languages we’ve learnt from birth, and throughout our teenage years, as our native language, native tongue or mother tongue. You have probably heard these expressions before, however in linguistics – the study of language – a person’s native language is referred to as L1. As we grow … Read More

What’s new in science this week?

2 years ago / 0 comments

The secret to supercharging phones in seconds revealed? Scientists from the University of Florida have developed a new method for creating flexible supercapacitors, capable of storing more energy than before and can be recharged more than 30,000 times without degradation. After experimenting with the application of new nanomaterials to supercapacitors, the … Read More

"Parlez-Vous Français?" Is the French Language Under Attack?

3 years ago / 0 comments

The Gryphon explores recent changes in the French language, why these revisions have been proposed, and the effects that they may have upon communication. The recent proposed changes to the French language have sparked uproar amongst the French and the rest of the world alike, amidst claims that the language … Read More

MENTAL HEALTH A-Z: L is for Language

3 years ago / 0 comments

Language can serve so many purposes, it can be used to fight, it can be used to resist, but it can also be used to oppress, and to bully. It’s not always clear that this is what it is doing, because describing something as gay, joking that you’re ‘so OCD’ … Read More

The Joy of Untranslatable Words

3 years ago / 0 comments

Gezellig (pronounced heh-ZELL-ig) is that feeling when you are cuddled up watching films with your favourite friends in bed eating ice cream and feeling cosy. It’s being at pre-drinks where the alcohol is flowing, you like everyone there, and you just feel comfortable. It’s that feeling you get when you … Read More

Is language programmed into our genes?

3 years ago / 0 comments

Language is a cognitive skill that seems to be unique to humans. There have been multiple debates on whether language has a genetic component to it and whether we are conditioned by the environment to acquire language. In linguistics (the scientific study of language), Noam Chomsky, a well-known linguist, is … Read More

Language: Is it innate or learned?

4 years ago / 0 comments

Language is a cognitive skill essential to human communication.Without language as a means of communication, life would be very different.  In linguistics there has been a long standing debate as to whether language is innate or learnt. To this date, the nature versus nurture debate has proved controversial, with evidence … Read More

Soc of the Week 06.10.12: Japanese Society

6 years ago / 0 comments

President: Mary Burrows Membership: £5/ year Membership discounts: 10-20 percent off at Occasions fancy dress shop; free miso soup when you buy sushi at Sesame in the Union; discounted drinks and tickets to society events Regular meetings: Thursdays 1-3pm; fortnightly karaoke and pub socials (alternating weeks) on Mondays and Wednesdays Contact: leedsunijapanese@gmail.com Halloween plans: JapSoc and … Read More