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  • We have seen how language and memory get together to strengthen learning during discourse, how word retrieval is a language activity as well as a memory activity, and how verbal elaboration improves filing in memory.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Most of the lengthy proceedings were declaimed in a language so old that no one understood it anymore, and by a Fetial who had perfected the gibberish; no one wanted to make a mistake, as even the slightest error meant the whole business had to be started all over again.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • They still spoke a language related to that of the Hittites, who had ruled the land a thousand years earlier, but the people of Sardis were accustomed to Greek visitors and ways.

    Alexander the Great

  • So if an entranced medium speaks responsively in a language she never learned—a phenomenon known as responsive xenoglossy—someone who did slowly acquire the skill must be speaking through her.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • The Phoenicians were a Canaanite people who spoke a language closely related to Hebrew.

    Alexander the Great

  • But a part of us responds to the handmade and hand-grown the way the human ear responds to a language it understands.

    The Italian Summer

  • The easy spokenness of it will perish and go black and crumbly— maybe—and it will become a language like Latin that learned people learn.


  • Most of that work was programmed into my da Vinci-issue tricorder, so I was able to start building a language algorithm for the shii.

    Miracle Workers

  • However, “Patience Worth,” like Pearl Curran, spoke English; the difference between suddenly speaking a totally unlearned language responsively and suddenly speaking brilliantly and poetically in a language you have used all your life seems important.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • Up on the stage she saw a thin, bony man with scraggly, disheveled hair over a pair of sooty motorcycle goggles, who was screaming in a language she assumed was Norwegian, as Lisa was still wearing the French nose clips.

    Bubble in the Bathtub


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