A day after Donald Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, he told lawmakers the U.S. should have more immigrants from places like Norway and not “shithole” countries like Haiti.
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Donald Trump's language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of "fake news" and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.
Let me guess where you’re from.
The world is becoming increasingly connected, but local accents still define who we are.
Statues like these - here Paul Kruger at Pretoria’s Church Square - are a reminder of a time when Afrikaners were the ruling class in South Africa.
Afrikaners in post-apartheid South Africa struggle with a historical sense of inferiority that reinforces their whiteness.
Child sexual abuse is rising but there is still ignorance around how to speak to and support children who are badly in need of help.
The Roman weekday ‘dies Veneris’ was named after the planet Venus, which in turn took its name from Venus, goddess of love. Detail from Venus and Mars, Botticelli, tempera on panel (c1483).
The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. Three are named for planets, the other four gods.
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The best cracker jokes make us groan as much as laugh – and that's deliberate.
The initial aim of political correctness, to establish non-hateful language was, and still is, admirable.
In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
‘I want to be effluent’: malapropisms and mispronounced words were a regular gag in the TV comedy Kath and Kim and continue to peeve many people today.
Do you wince at a mispronounced 'Moet'? Do you cringe at unintentional portmanteau words, like 'misunderestimated' or 'insinuendo'? You are not alone.
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The Mississippi is characterised in America as male, while the Indians see the Ganges as female.
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Between them, Kazakhstan's 18m people speak 117 languages but the country is opting for the Latin alphabet as it aims for wider global integration.
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Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
Throughout history, metaphors based around the testes and semen brought out very different sides of masculinity.
Indonesia’s language policy makes the use of standard Indonesian a measure of nationalism.
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Indonesian, an engineered language made in the time of colonialism, is "the envy of the multilingual world". But no one speaks standard Indonesian on the streets. Does anyone speak the language?
New census data gives insight into Canada’s immigrant population, including how English language proficiency can impact wages. Here, a group of new Canadians take part in a citizenship ceremony in Ottawa in September.
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New census data provides a chance to understand why immigrants earn lower wages than Canadians who have been here for many generations. Whether immigrants speak English at home may be a clue.
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The way we talk about this problem is working against us.
New research reveals a universal tone of voice adopted when we speak to babies.
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Evolutionary biologists ask very similar questions about species to those asked by linguists about languages.
Everyone sees them all, but we don’t all give them the same distinct names.
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.
More bad news.
Language can change the way we think – and not always for the best.