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RUDN University linguists: Vocabulary size affects ability to differentiate foreign language vowels

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IMAGE: A team of linguists from RUDN University established that a person’s ability to accurately differentiate between vowel sounds of a foreign language correlates with the size of their vocabulary in…
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A team of linguists from RUDN University established that a person’s ability to accurately differentiate between vowel sounds of a foreign language correlates with the size of their vocabulary in said language. The results of the study were published in the Language Learning and Development journal.

In linguistics, a second language (or L2) is any language that a person acquires after their mother tongue. The first language, or L1, affects the use of the second one: for example if L1 does not have many variations of vowel pronunciation, and L2 is rich in them, it would be more difficult for a speaker to perceive and reproduce the vowel sounds of the second language.

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University addresses use of racist language in classroom situations

In a posted statement in response to two recent incidents where professors used the N-word in the classroom, the University of Windsor has committed to expanding its plans to combat anti-Black racism.



a man in a blue shirt: UWSA president, Herman Dayal, is pictured on the University of Windsor campus, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.


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UWSA president, Herman Dayal, is pictured on the University of Windsor campus, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

The use of the word was in the context of warning students of the offensive language they would encounter in materials the class was about to study.

“As an institution, we have committed to a series of initiatives aimed at establishing community‐driven priorities for change; collecting data that enables accountability metrics; improving our broader equity, diversity, and inclusion practice; and enriching campus learning about anti‐Black racism and the Black experience,” the statement said.

“Incidents like these demonstrate that we must also continue to develop better and more effective lines of communication both to learn from and respond

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Assumption University president ‘deeply’ regrets that language in document shared by Campus Ministry hurt LGBTQIA students

Assumption University President Francesco Cesareo on Wednesday wrote to members of the school community that he regrets that some language against gay marriage from a document shared by the Campus Ministry hurt LGBTQIA+ students and their allies.

After that document by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was shared through emailed last month by Assumption’s Campus Ministry, alumni pledged to withhold donations to the university until there was an apology and faculty members spoke in support of students.

“I deeply regret that some of the language in the document was received as a personal affront to LGBTQIA+ students and their allies as well as to their dignity as human beings. That was certainly not the intent. I acknowledge that unfortunate fact and regret that members of the community were hurt by that language,” Cesareo wrote in an email message Wednesday, which was characterized as a response from Cesareo and

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Constitutional amendments on gender language, taxes for education before Utah voters

The state of Utah is set to vote on seven proposed Constitutional ballot amendments in November, on issues including how education is funded and modernizing language around gender.

Here is a breakdown of each one by the Utah Foundation, a non-profit organization, as part of its “On the Ballot” analysis project.

Four of the following seven amendments were the result of resolutions supported unanimously on the state house and senate floors, the Foundation’s webpage reads.

“One was unanimous when it was heard in the Senate, but when it went to the House it faced nearly enough opposition to kill the resolution,” the message continued. “The final two amendments faced more opposition.”

AMENDMENT A: CHANGE LANGUAGE THAT APPLIES TO A SINGLE GENDER

This amendment would change the language that applies to a single gender, meaning it would replace “men” with “persons” in the state Constitution and make other similar changes to

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