Language http://nwpr.org en Selfie, Unfriend, Hashtag: From Your Teen's Phone To The Dictionary http://nwpr.org/post/selfie-unfriend-hashtag-your-teens-phone-dictionary In school, many of us were sent to dictionaries to look up words we didn't know.<p>Now, dictionaries are coming to us, filling themselves up with terms that may already feel overly familiar.<p>More than 150 new words and definitions have been added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the publisher announced Monday. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 46266 at http://nwpr.org Selfie, Unfriend, Hashtag: From Your Teen's Phone To The Dictionary News Nuggets: Froufrou http://nwpr.org/post/news-nuggets-froufrou <p></p><p>Language is a slippery thing.&nbsp; Just when you think you have it pretty much in hand, it slithers away.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>At least it has been that way for <strong>more than</strong> 200 years.</em></p><p style="margin-left:2.0in;">or</p><p><em>At least it has been that way for <strong>over</strong> 200 years.</em></p><p>For a very long time language purists have insisted on using <em>more than</em> rather than <em>over</em> when referring to quantity.&nbsp;</p><p>Fussy news editor: <em>More than 20 people were arrested.</em></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 19:11:41 +0000 John Paxson 45422 at http://nwpr.org News Nuggets: Froufrou Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language' http://nwpr.org/post/characters-try-different-cultures-other-language Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Francesca Marciano has the rare distinction of being a celebrated writer in two languages.<p>FRANCESCA MARCIANO: It's almost as if by now I have two brains that are running parallel to one another. One brain writes films in Italian and the other brain seems to be writing novels in English.<p>MARTIN: Her new story collection "The Other Language" introduces us to a host of characters who are also somehow out of their element, trying on new cultures, languages, or identities. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 44319 at http://nwpr.org He, She or...Ze? http://nwpr.org/post/he-she-orze <p>Most people speaking the English language as recently at 1980 had no notion of what lay in store for the daily vernacular. &nbsp;With the digital age came swarms of neologisms: bytes, bauds, dongles, exbibytes, favicons, greps, memes….whole herds and flocks of new words and usages thundering into our peaceful linguascape.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stay tuned. &nbsp;There are more on the way. &nbsp;And the driver this time is not digital but sexual. &nbsp;The latest changelings are pronouns.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:45:25 +0000 John Paxson 39739 at http://nwpr.org Where Are The Foreign Language Households In Washington State? Not Where You Think http://nwpr.org/post/where-are-foreign-language-households-washington-state-not-where-you-think <p></p><p>New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the Northwest has fewer people who speak a foreign language at home than the country as a whole. But the highest concentrations of foreign speaking households in the region are not where you might expect.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:38:53 +0000 Jessica Robinson 32227 at http://nwpr.org Where Are The Foreign Language Households In Washington State? Not Where You Think Historical Vocab: When We Get It Wrong, Does It Matter? http://nwpr.org/post/historical-vocab-when-we-get-it-wrong-does-it-matter Has there ever been an age that was so grudging about suspending its disbelief? The groundlings at the Globe Theatre didn't giggle when Shakespeare had a clock chime in <a href="http://goo.gl/07bvN">Julius Caesar</a>. The Victorians didn't take Dickens to task for having the characters in <em>A</em> <em>Tale of Two Cities </em>ride the Dover mail coach 10 years before it was established. But Shakespeare and Dickens weren't writing in the age of the Internet, when every historical detail is scrutinized for chronological correctness, and when no "Gotcha!" remains unposted for long. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Geoff Nunberg 23381 at http://nwpr.org Historical Vocab: When We Get It Wrong, Does It Matter? Supreme Court Justice Urges Funding For Video Translation http://nwpr.org/post/supreme-court-justice-urges-funding-video-translation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/012313AK_Madsen_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court wants state lawmakers to fund video translation for people in court who don’t speak English. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:38:34 +0000 21640 at http://nwpr.org "Talking Dictionaries" Help Preserve Endangered Tribal Languages http://nwpr.org/post/talking-dictionaries-help-preserve-endangered-tribal-languages <p>VANCOUVER, Canada - Usually it is good news when the Northwest appears on a top five list. But this one is not. Our region ranks near the top of a list of global hotspots for disappearing languages. The reason is that speakers of Native American languages are dwindling. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on how digital technology is coming to the rescue of some ancient tongues. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:22:13 +0000 Tom Banse 3734 at http://nwpr.org "Talking Dictionaries" Help Preserve Endangered Tribal Languages