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So what if every American, during their public school years, were required to take (1) some basic linguistics, and (2) classes teaching comprehension of all the major dialects of English (ideally in addition to a foreign language of their choice)? 

I'm not suggesting that they study advanced phonological or syntactic theory, especially not in elementary school. However, many of the most important lessons in an introductory linguistics class — for instance, the idea that there is no one right way to speak, and that languages change, and that the boundaries between one language and another are never as clear-cut as one might hope — are also important lessons when generalized to life. And it wouldn't hurt their problem solving skills either. 

In a similar vein, recent events (such as the George Zimmerman trial, which also made painfully clear the extent to which an individual's dialect influences their perceived intelligence) have shown that Americans — especially speakers of the major prestige dialect of English — have a hard time understanding unfamiliar dialects of English. This is almost certainly due primarily to lack of exposure; that could be fixed by explicitly teaching all public school students, ideally from a young age, to understand (and speak; you'd probably have to teach speaking to effectively teach understanding) the dialects in which they are not native. Such a program would also level the playing field for native speakers of non-prestige dialects, who currently have to pick up the prestige dialect on their own, often after growing up with little or no exposure to that dialect. 

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I'd be happy if basic grammatical instruction were more linguistically informed. It's really disheartening to see what's in my kids' textbooks. 
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So why are plus-tagged names showing up as bold now, rather than blue? 

EDIT: I just realized that they turn blue when you mouse over the post. I still think it's a problem, though.

In my opinion, this is a serious design flaw in the new G+. Blue text, for most people, is pretty obviously a link (or at least, something that will react to being clicked or moused over). However, bold text is seen as just text. 

To be honest, this is the most annoying thing about the new design. I don't mind the new layout of posts that much (and it can be switched back to one column); however, now I am constantly interpreting tagged names as bolded names. 
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Additionally, bold text now looks as a link.
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Does anyone have recommendations for an ssh client for iOS? I've found several in the App Store, but I just want to get bit more information before I spend money on one.

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The stock Terminal app should be able to do ssh
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So...

Why do language classes, when introducing a student to verbs, always start with the present tense? It seems there might be more utility in introducing the past (probably perfective if there's a choice) as the first tense, since so much language is reports on things that happened, rather than observations about the present state of the world.
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Yeah, but what about languages such as Russian where the past tense is much, much simpler to form than the present? Then, once the student knows a bunch of words, they can start conjugating them in the present tense. 
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Hello — I couldn't find an existing community for synaesthetes and synaesthesia, so I figured I would start one. I personally experience primarily grapheme -> color and person -> flavor mappings, although I have a few others. 

If anyone has a good idea for a community picture, please feel free to suggest one. 

Welcome!
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Hello! I have grapheme - color, weekday/month - color, people - color and sound - touch.

I'm pretty fascinated by the whole thing so this community is a great idea! 
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So why can't we intersect circles on G+? (Or can we, and I haven't noticed?)

I really want to sort posts both by topic and language. 
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This post was originally shared in the "World Building" community, and I thought some of you might be able to offer additional perspectives on the original question.

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Hello all experts! A friend of mine is writing an SF space opera. She asked me the following question. What should she do for this situation?

"My protagonist is banished from another planet--not Earth
And she is now on another planet--not Earth
 
Can I call the small animals, like deer, rabbits and such the same thing as they do on Earth?
 
All characters are humanoid with some having a few differences, but not hardly enough to mention--if that has any bearing on the question, which I doubt."

I'll relay your answers to her. She's a tad shy about joining any communities related to SF since this is her first stab at it. She's an experienced paranormal author.
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Hey Google - 

A tip for attracting more people to G+: Get rid of the "What's Hot?" posts. Most of them are just the sort of garbage that use to be sent around in chain letters, and I mute them on sight. 
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...and I figured out how to do it: go to the "explore" button on the left-hand side of the page, and move the slider at the top all the way to the left. 
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So I just created a community for synaesthetes and synaesthesia, after being unable to find an existing one in a search. Feel free to invite other synaethetes, or anyone else who might be interested!
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Has it every bothered anyone other than me that the G+ "Who are you looking for?" option in one's profile info lists, as choices, four inanimate, abstract nouns (friends, dating, a relationship, networking, in that order)?

I think it should say "_What_ are you looking for?", or allow one to pick terms that describe people. 
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+Alex Fink true — I think I failed to pick up on that because in this scenario, it would still answer "what" rather than "who". 

+Yuri de Groot that's a good idea. 
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This is extremely thought-provoking; I must say that I agree with him. 
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