tag:nsl

Not So Lazy // Larry

Louis had promised Harry a day in bed, and that’s what he was going to get. Before he could make it to the room, Louis stripped into nothing except his boxers and laid under the covers. He pretended to be napping when he heard Harry walk in. 

A New Language

In my Human Evolution lecture today we were learning about language. While this theory is still debated, our professor is of the opinion that language is hard-wired into humans’ brains. To support this, she showed us a clip of a language that has just recently (1980s) been created: Nicaraguan Sign Language.

Here’s my summary (but I might get some things wrong, so you should watch the video):

It’s really a very fascinating topic. In the 1980s, Nicaragua had no sign language and deaf children were largely isolated and couldn’t effectively communicate even after they became adults. But after the revolution, about 400 deaf children were brought together to be taught a sign language, as well as written Spanish and lip-reading. Since they had never been able to communicate, they weren’t receptive to the instruction. But since they were no longer isolated from other deaf children, eventually a means of communication was developed completely on their own. Even the instructors who had been trying to teach them a previously established sign language had no idea what the children were saying to each other. As the older children began teaching the pidgin language to younger children (who had better language learning capabilities), the language developed grammar and became a fully functional language.

Oh, and here’s a cool “Irreplaceable” translation.

I love how big this language is (like it takes up so much space).

… In South Korea, mainstream conservative ideology teaches people to regard the United States as a savior that sacrificed the lives of tens of thousands of its soldiers while fighting for the South during the Korean War. Many Koreans, especially those who are older, saw Mr. Kim not only as a senseless criminal, but also as an ingrate — the most despised character in Korea’s deeply Confucian culture.

On Monday, a crowd of older South Koreans in military uniforms rallied near the American Embassy, urging fellow citizens “not to forget what the Americans did for us during the war” and to “eradicate jongbuk,” or sympathizers with North Korea, who they said were behind the attack on the ambassador.

Such sentiments reflected fears that the episode might harm the alliance with Washington. 

[…]

“But now government officials and political parties are hyper-politicizing what was really an isolated incident,” he said, “linking it to a campaign against ‘pro-North Korea followers’ and as a way to drum up support for the U.S.-South Korean alliance.”

Ms. Park and conservative leaders lost no time in insinuating a possible link between Mr. Kim and “jongbuk,” and defined the assault as a “terrorist attack” on the alliance rather than the act of a loner.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/world/asia/south-korea-split-over-how-to-react-to-attack-on-us-ambassador-mark-lippert.html