Bringing these two over from the old CBB.Former minister Chris Bryant: French is a useless language
Chris Bryant, who served under Gordon Brown, made the claim in the Commons of the waning value of the French language, which has traditionally been the first foreign language taught to British schoolchildren. He said young people should be pointed towards languages that were more useful for business. According to Bryant the most significant languages to speak now, aside from English, were Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/ed ... guage.htmlAncient language mystery deepens
A linguistic mystery has arisen surrounding symbol-inscribed stones in Scotland that predate the formation of the country itself. It is believed that the stone carvings belong to the Picts.
A research team has examined the symbols of more than 200 stones using a mathematical method to quantify patterns in an effort to find out if they mean.
The research team is led by Professor Rob Lee from Exeter University in the UK, he explained the method: "I[f] I told you the first letter of a word in English was 'Q' and asked you to predict the next letter, you would probably say 'U' and you would probably be right," he explained. "But if I told you the first letter was 'T' you would probably take many more guesses to get it right - that's a measure of uncertainty."
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