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International Conference on Arts and Humanities- 2014 (ICOAH 2014)

International Conference on Arts & Humanities 2014 will be held on 2nd and 3rd April 2014 at Sri Lanka. The conference is organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM). It will address the themes in the field of art & humanities. Areas such Visual and performing Arts, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Film/Media and Graphic Designing, Culture/Religion and Ethnic Studies, Anthropology/literature and some more related topics will be examining in this conference. Sessions will bring researchers from across the globe together to discuss broad questions of common interest and provide a platform to establish relationships with new colleagues. Continue reading

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Contact in Sociolinguistics

Contact is a significant concept in sociolinguistics — social contact and language contact. Language change spreads through networks of people who talk to one another. Tight-knit groups that keep to themselves do not tend to promote change. Networks whose members also belong to other networks tend to promote change. People can be neighbours and not participate in the same network. In America blacks and whites often lived on the same piece of land; blacks worked in the homes of whites. The physical distance was minimal, but the great social distance led to different varieties of American English. Continue reading

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The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language

So which one is best? From a partisan viewpoint the answer is a foregone conclusion. Brits will say that Americans don’t speak proper English and vice versa. There’s nothing worse than national pride when it comes to language.
Forgetting the fact that there are people in both countries who sometimes cannot understand what their fellow countrymen from other regions are saying, are there any pointers to indicate that one flavour is better than the other? Continue reading

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The cockney dialect

The cockney dialect is an English dialect spoken in the East End of London, although the area in which it is spoken has shrunk considerably. It is typically associated with working class citizens of London, who were called cockneys, and it contains several distinctive traits that are known to many English speakers, as the dialect is rather famous. Some students of linguistics have become concerned that the cockney dialect may fall out of spoken English, due to the influence of multicultural immigrants in London who have added their own regional slang and speech patterns to the dialect.

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The concept of beauty in different languages or beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maria Tainkina

People say: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and there is no doubt it is true. So, what makes people define what is beautiful and what is not and, in general, see the surrounding world in different ways? It can be explained by the inner world of any particular person. We see the world through the prism of ourselves. This very prism is formed by culture features which we were brought up in. And it is very well known, that language is an inseparable part of culture. Thus, any language must reflect cultural richness of the people and each person in particular; in other words, show the way people think of different abstract and material things of the world, forming certain concepts in their minds.

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How speech and language determine success in the workplace

Judith Baxter’s research on the language and appearance of female leaders shows that alpha women are embracing the masculine while skillfully preserving their identities as women. They competitively power-dress while emphasising that they are sexually attractive and feminine. Continue reading

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What Is Scientific Discourse?

Scientific discourse is the processes and methods used to communicate and debate scientific information. Discourse focuses on how to arrive at and how to present scientific ideas and thoughts, taking into account a diverse range of audiences. Those audiences include peers, students, teachers, the general public, business and government organizations, or any other potential audience that may benefit from or contribute to scientific theory and consensus. Communication in scientific discourse refers to both written and spoken communication and Continue reading

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