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Rapport and Local Languages

Guest-blogger Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein writes about the struggles in building rapport across different cultures.

The Journal of Culture, Language and International Security - Dec 2014

The title of this issue is Global Solutions. The articles featured inside in one way or another consider solutions to ongoing global problems or provide knowledge and/or skills to those organizations and their personnel as they go about supporting missions and operations to help resolve conflict and other crises and disasters.

Toward a Dialect Theory: Cultural Differences in the Expression and Recognition of Posed Facial Expressions

Two studies provided direct support for a recently proposed dialect theory of communicating emotion, positing that expressive displays show cultural variations similar to linguistic dialects, thereby decreasing accurate recognition by out-group members.

Constraint on Merge: The Roots of the Lexical/Functional Divide

This paper addresses the following questions: is (external) merge, the binary operation that combines two elements into a constituent in every variant of the Minimalist Program (Chomsky, 1993, 1995 and related works), an unconstrained operation? If so, what avoid generating ill-formed structures?

The National Language Service Corps completes a successful year in 2013

2013 was a good year for the National Language Service Corps (NLSC). Read why here.