Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    It’s time for The Top 100 Language Blogs 2010 competition and the good news is your blog has been nominated. Congratulations!
    After previous years’ success the bab.la language portal and Lexiophiles language blog are hosting our worldwide language blog competition once again.

    We are looking for the top 100 language blogs in four categories: Language Learning, Language Teaching, Language Technology and Language Professionals.

    You have been nominated to the following category: Language Professionals.

    The nomination period goes from April 27th to May 11th. Each blog will have a one-sentence-description for the voting. If you would like a special description to go along with your blog, just send me an email (priscila [at] bab.la). The voting period goes from May 12th to May 24th. The winners will be announced on May 28th. Feel free to spread the word among bloggers writing about languages.

    For more information on The Top 100 Language Blogs 2010 visit:

    http://www.lexiophiles.com/featured-article/top-100-language-blogs-2010-starts-today

    Kind regards,
    Priscila
    On behalf of the bab.la and Lexiophiles team

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  2. An article people might find interesting is the following where two researchers suggest that various mental/cognitive disorders may reflect an (evolutionary) struggle between the parents' genes (link below). Of most interest might be the autism/schizophrenia antithesis where these are proposed to be epigenetic poles of the same genes being involved. In the case of schizophrenia, the mother's genes have upset the usual equilibrium, in the case of autism, the father's. Researchers note whereas there is gaze aversion in autism, there is paranoid belief that all eyes are upon the schizophrenic person. Likewise, the autistic person has a very limited development of a theory of mind whereas the schizophrenic person sees intentions and meaning all over the place. Not mentioned but obviously also relevant is the limited expressive language of the autistic person and the excessive expressive language of the schizophrenic. Relevant links are:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/11/health/research/11brain.html

    This research builds upon Haig's (now well supported) theory about the struggle between the mother and fetus during pregnancy -
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/14/health/14preg.html?_r=1)

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