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Day: June 18, 2017

What’s it like to study for a master’s in applied linguistics at the University of Melbourne?

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Posted in categories: Australia, Language, Personal

Been A2A’d, but alas, I went through the general linguistics programme 20 years ago, and I haven’t stayed in touch. Some generalities: Melbourne Uni has the Language Testing Research Centre, which means that Language Testing is one of the core strengths of the department. The department also has three ESL specialists. The department includes Tim […]

Do you think “homo prospectus” would be a more accurate title for humans than “Homo sapiens”?

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Posted in categories: Culture

The claim, Googling tells me, comes from Homo Prospectus (2016), by Martin Seligman et al. Its programmatic claim is that: Our species is misnamed. Though sapiens defines human beings as “wise” what humans do especially well is to prospect the future. We are homo prospectus. If the title is to be more accurate, then we […]

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