A little lipstick doesn’t change reality.
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Companies often go out of their way to avoid clearly explaining actions like firing people or informing investors and others of bad news.
This explains why some aspects of English can be hard to learn for speakers of other languages.
If the goal is to communicate, why should the speaker bear all the burden?
It can be hard to understand a non-native speaker of your own language. But conversation is a two-way street and linguists are figuring out how native listeners can improve their half of the interaction.
Drawing of a ‘bogan doll’ which featured in a 1984 edition of a student-produced Xavier College magazine Sursum Corda.
A 1984 magazine produced by students at Xavier College contains the earliest known reference to the word 'bogan' as we now understand it.
One way to see the value of meaning is to share information and cooperate with others.
The self-help books are full of advice on how to get meaning in life, but it helps to understand what meaning actually is. Science may be able to provide some answers.
Milling grain meant less wear and tear on neolithic teeth, which had other effects on language.
Considering language from a biological perspective led researchers to the idea that new food processing technologies affected neolithic human beings' jaws – and allowed new language sounds to emerge.
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The Aussie accent has been lambasted as "lazy", but this view doesn't come from the facts.
2018 #HearOurVote women’s March in San Francisco.
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English is a language made by men, for men and it reinforces inequality.
Limited contact between the first British Sign Language communities created dialects that are still in use today.
Recreating communicative situations in the classroom does not guarantee language acquisition.
The environment at universities isn't conducive to effectively teaching and learning new languages.
Cwtch, drive and brammer are all commonly thought of as Welsh dialect terms, but they have actually come from all over the world.
Words shed light on our world.
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Different languages have different ways of describing the world – and this in turn affects how speakers see the world.
Debunking the myth that English is the only language you need.
Vulnerable groups are being excluded from society due to their lack of ability to speak national languages.
Parents and guardians play a vital role in a child’s academic success.
Children need more than school resources and qualified teachers to attain academic success.
The human race is far more diverse than emoji currently represents.
Emoji may be becoming more inclusive, but greater engagement with those that they intend to represent is still needed.
One of the ways we work out what proto-language might have been like is by looking at languages which have developed from nothing in recent times. One of the best examples is Nicaraguan Sign Language.
In the space of a few short years, deaf Nicaraguan school children created their own language. This example may give us a clue about how spoken language developed over thousands of years.
Javanese still is used in art performance. Here is Javanese dance jathilan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, March 2017.
Young Javanese speakers in Indonesia are nervous about speaking High Javanese, for fear of making mistakes. But they are still eager to learn.
When people can testify in their own language, this increases their access to justice.
Forensic linguistics can play a valuable role in interpreting evidence.
Inflammatory words can prime a mind.
A new theory of language suggests that people understand words by unconsciously simulating what they describe. Repeated exposure – and the simulation that comes with it – makes it easier to act.