July 5, 2003 |
Mandarin speakers use more areas of their brains than people who speak English, scientists said in a study that provides new insight into how the brain processes language. The left temporal lobe of the brain is active when English speakers hear the language, but Mandarin speakers use the left and right lobe, which is normally used to process melody in music and speech, according to scientists at the Wellcome Trust research charity in Britain.
March 19, 1992 |
For half a century, Evelyne Villegas-Lobo saved six tattered loose-leaf pages bearing scribbled words from the language spoken by her mother, a Juaneno Indian. Only a few years ago, Villegas-Lobo turned the pages over to anthropologists and a few members of her tribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2001 |
A new report shows that California HMOs fail to provide proper language access policies and procedures to customers not fluent in English. Titled "California Health Plans and Language Access," the report is based on information collected by the Office of the Patient Advocate from California health plans. Of 13 plans that responded to the survey, only four said they provided face-to-face interpreters.
April 6, 2002 |
In the mid-1700s Benjamin Franklin complained about German-English bilingual street signs in Philadelphia. Not much has changed in the U.S. about language worries. These days though, it's mainly Spanish that raises concerns. Letters to the editors of American newspapers about the importance of the English language are commonplace. One recent one stated that we should keep the heritage language alive at home; but when we go to the bank, shopping or work, we should speak English. To a large extent the reader was absolutely right.
October 2, 2000 |
Sometimes it seems as if all the good Web site names are taken. But that's only if you're looking for names using the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet (A-Z) and the 10 Arabic digits (0-9). Two companies that register Internet domain names are looking to expand their markets by offering names in Asian characters. Last week, Pasadena-based DotTV said it would start registering names ending in its ".tv" suffix with Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters. In two weeks, Herndon, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1991
Mayor Tom Bradley and Los Angeles Police Department officials this week hailed a 3 1/2-month program with AT&T in which 1,300 calls in 24 languages, including Korean, Farsi, Hungarian and the Hindi dialect of Gujurati, have been fielded by 911 emergency operators. Under the program, 911 calls from callers who neither speak English nor Spanish can be routed to AT&T's Language Line Service, where an interpreter becomes the third party on the line.
March 5, 1995 |
About 70 protesters from local Filipino groups, a labor union and other activists picketed last week in front of an Orange County nursing home that banned a union representative for speaking a foreign language at the facility.
June 2, 1998
I always enjoy Paul Dean's stories, and "For the Love of Latin" (May 18) is no exception. It brings back memories of high school Latin class in the late '30s. In those days, it was a required course and to us at the time seemed outdated and tedious. Today, however, I look back with gratitude for the patience of those dear nuns. Their foresight and insistence added another dimension to my life over the ensuing years, not only in the pursuit of other languages, but in the sheer pleasure of words and thought.
May 11, 2006 |
The Pentagon, faced with a critical shortage of foreign language expertise, said it would increase the money it pays troops who know a language other than English. Starting June 1, the Pentagon will more than triple the foreign language incentive pay for active-duty military personnel to a maximum of $12,000 per year above their normal pay.
December 26, 1995 |
To meet the needs of their fast-growing Asian populations and to prepare students for jobs in the Pacific Rim, many California schools are expanding their foreign language programs beyond the traditional European languages. Spanish is still the most popular language by far, accounting for more than a third of the state's total foreign language enrollment. But Japanese and Chinese are the state's fastest-growing foreign languages, and other Asian languages are gaining ground.