Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

Speaking bird

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is listening to the birds outside. According to this article entitled “These 5 backyard birds can teach you bird language” by Jaymi Heimbach over at Mother Nature Network. Little did I know I could learn a second language by simply listening to the birds.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Nature & dictionaries

So the article I’m posting tonight is one I came across in a local newspaper recently here called Healthy Planet. After doing a bit of research however, like most librarian’s do, turns out this story actually is from 2015. The article here is entitled “A is for Acorn, Not Analog – Nature Words Gone From a Dictionary” by Linda Wiggen Kraft.

While my kids are older now, nature was one of the first things I introduced them to. The other night in fact, I was talking with my mom about how I use to take them on Owl Prowl’s, Amphibian Nights and other assorted adventures through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s and their Conservation Connections Newsletter.

So because of that and for my kids, I feel inspired to try and help make a difference in my own small way. Here’s a link to the contact page for Oxford University Press. I’ve already e-mailed them to let them know I am disappointed in learning this and will no long use or recommend their dictionaries in the future, either as a parent or librarian.

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Green Librarian

Forest language

Now if watching the trees in the forest change colors isn’t your think, then how about the language of the forest? Okay, it isn’t quite what it seems. As a history buff, this article on what the author describes as a language as old as the Vikings, peaked my interest.

The article, entitled “This forest language from the age of Vikings may soon disappear: Elfdalian is spoken by less than 2,500 people in Swedish town.” by Michael d’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network, is really about the people who live in this part of Sweden and the language they speak. Cool, at least to me!

Sweet dreams!

   

Green Librarian

What is language

Okay, it’s sort of a play on word on the book I’m reading right now entitled What is Landscape  by John R. Stilgoe. In that book, the author spends a lot time going over the variations and definition of words used throughout the world used to describe landscape over the last several hundred years.

In this article, entitled “Why do languages have different sounds for the same animals? Farm animals don’t oink and moo everywhere around the globeLaura Moss discusses the words used by humans to describe the sounds animals make and the variations of those words by languages throughout the world. Who knew we had so much in common with the rest of the animal kingdom?

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Green Librarian