People across the globe all see millions of distinct colors. But the terms we use to describe them vary across cultures. New cognitive science research suggests it's about what we want to communicate.
New research gives weight to Noam Chomsky's idea of a universal language ability.
The word Squ-w has an innocent origin, but its use in English has long been derogatory and racist. Place names which use this word should be changed.
Extremists haven't always been associated with violence, or religious views.
To understand the full scale of the world's linguistic diversity, we should be thinking about languages and how speakers relate to them.
'If we can’t understand our rights, we have no rights.' But efforts are being made to rebalance the inequalities.
Careful how you talk about Brexit. People are making assumptions as soon as you've said the word.
Humans behave like atoms when viewed from a distance.
Ethical engagement in multilingual communication is about mutual respect. More importantly, it's about shaping a shared future through face-to-face communication.
There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
The founder of the West Virginia Dialect Project hopes to debunk some of the myths about the way Appalachian people speak and instill pride in a rich, oft-maligned culture.
Yes, sign language has grammar – and it goes way beyond what you do with your hands.
Research shows that context matters for understanding what a person's words mean – especially when power dynamics are involved.
Learning languages rewires the brain and changes how we perceive time.
From cussing McDonald's Minions to wrongful conviction, mishearing what is said can be funny but also very serious.
Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
A linguistics scholar explains why the loss of Arabic in Israel would be a loss of history, culture and possibly human rights.
We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
Why is the PM constantly repeating this phrase and what impact is it really having on her campaign?