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Who counts as a speaker of a language? | Anna Babel

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Backed by research and personal anecdotes, Spanish professor Anna Babel reveals the intricate relationship between language and culture, showing how social categories and underlying biases influence the way we hear, regard and, ultimately, judge each other. A talk that will leave you questioning your assumptions about what it really means to speak a language.

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Polar Bears and Wildlife of Spitsbergen Svalbard

This video was made on the 2014 TravelWild Expeditions cruise to Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago.

One of the main reasons people travel to Spitsbergen is to see polar bears in the wild. Glaciers, rugged coastal mountains and snowy landscapes offer the perfect backdrop to seeing polar bears in their natural habitat. On our Spitsbergen trips, we commonly see polar bears swimming, nursing their cubs, hunting seals and ambling among the pack ice. These are thrilling encounters that make Spitsbergen arguably the best place to see polar bears in the wild.

While polar bears are the main attraction, a trip to Spitsbergen offers so much more. Other wildlife that you are likely to see on a Spitsbergen cruise includes walruses, whales, seals, Svalbard reindeer and huge colonies of seabirds such as dovekies, norther fulmars and Arctic terns.

Cruises to Spitsbergen also entail visits to glaciers, research stations, historical sites and plenty of shore landings. Most trips are 7-10 days in length with some circumnavigating the entire island.

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