Vocabulary on the Decline Due to Young People Reading Less


Professor Tom Nicholson urges teachers and parents to offset linguistic “dumbing down” by encouraging children not only to read more, but to use a dictionary and a thesaurus.

Young people are reading less and failing to build vocabulary amid a sea of text messaging and cyber chat, says literacy and child development specialist Professor Tom Nicholson. Professor Nicholson, from the University’s College of Education, says the vocabulary deficit is a worrying trend that threatens learning, confidence, future job prospects, relationships, and event the ability to understand jokes.


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Touch-Hear – Knowledge At Your Fingertips

 Touch-Hear - Knowledge At Your Fingertips

 Touch-Hear Concept Design Incubation Centre

The Design Incubation Centre has hatched a concept that would probably make pocket dictionaries a thing of the past. That means, next time you come across an unfamiliar word, you wouldn’t flip pages of a thesaurus or search Google for it. Scrolling your fingers through the word or a phrase in the book will speak its meaning or related information in your ear. The name “Touch-Hear” itself throws light on the modus operandi of the technological concept. The makers haven’t spoken much about its canopy of features, so I wonder if language compatibility would be an issue.

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