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(01) Paleolithic to Neolithic

In the Beginning . . . (What book begins with this line?)

We are looking at the basic rules which govern the universe.  These are considered constants.  Unless we know the constants in a system (the world) we can’t understand why it behaves the way it does.

Focus this week on NOUNS.  They are the basic building blocks of language.  We must be able to name things to communicate.  Think about how nouns behave.  What makes a word a noun.  Why do nouns acting as subjects go most often at the beginning of the sentence.

Be aware of what you do with your hands.  Think about your hands. What would happen if you lost your pinkie or how about your thumbs.  Try eating lunch today without using your thumb.  Too hard?  How about opening a door?  Go try.

Why is it so easy to speak English yet so hard to spell it?  As we begin looking at the history of the English language, we need to understand some basic concepts of linguistics.

The Children of the Code is a group that is advocating to change the way the schools teach Literacy.  They have a wide range of experts who have studied the science behind everything from parental interaction with children to brain cognation to how cultures become and loose literacy. Click on the link to see the video of literacy.

Check out  these sites:   A Word a Day and   This web magazine: Take Our Word

If you choose to play Free Rice, you are helping feed hungry people.

CARD 1-7 requires you to have a political world map. Map 1.

Just for fun – let’s see how different areas of the world which have English as a primary (mostly) might say the same thing.

For further reading on how the printing press (Caxton’s press) changed and set – literally – spelling, check out this Google book, Linguistics for Everyone.

For further research into the French way of handling evolving languages, check out the French Academy and this explanation here.

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2 comments

  1. The video shows the 21 different accents of the world which include: 3 different London accents, North and South Irish accents, Scottish, Italian, German, Czech Republic accent, Russian, French, Outback Australian, Sidney Australian, New Zealand accent, Western American accents:Texas, California, and Seattle; Canada, Eastern American accents, Brooklyn, Charleston [which is actually a Georgian accent] and an 1945 showgirl.

    I enjoyed this video I thought it was interesting that she did a Charleston accent my home town, even though it was a Georgian.

    LR


  2. 21 accents

    The video is about 21 accents. They are all
    English but they are spoken in different
    regions but in different ways. People
    Speak it in America, in Ireland, in Australia – all
    over the world but in different accents.



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