'Milkshake duck', a word created in 2016 on Twitter, is the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year. Efforts to coin new words have a long history and were particularly in vogue in the 1980s.
Evolutionary biologists ask very similar questions about species to those asked by linguists about languages.
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.
There are benefits to shared reading long after children can read to themselves, so how long should you read to your children?
A recent study uncovered the words that people find the funniest. But humour differs between men and women in surprising ways.
Here is a handful of extremely useful expressions with political application which have fallen by the wayside, but remain apt and adept today.
Thomas Browne is now better known for his literary work but in his own time was legendary as the greatest – and first – scientific populariser.
Phonics instruction gives children letter-sound knowledge, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
New research investigates how people sequentially add new color terms to languages over time – and the results hold surprises about assumptions linguists have made for 40 years.
Words from 100 Indigenous languages are in the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary – reflecting a heightened interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
From Jabberwocky to the BFG's gobblefunking, playing with words is the first step to mastering them – not something to be ironed out of teaching.
Even if you don't have a word for it, you can make one up.
He offered a glorious insight into the wonders of semiotics.
The extraordinary words that capture the colourful diversity of the English language.
Forget fast cars and fancy clothes – it's language that reveals where you really come from.
Australian's care so much about regional differences in words because it's a reflection on a person's identity.
Language can be used harmfully to construct categories of others. The words we use in describing children with disabilities need to be examined, challenged - and changed.
What's in a name? Many words are arbitrary – there's no reason a dog must be called a dog or a table must be called a table. Why do we tend to assume there's a reason any object has its specific name?