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Late Viking Age Swedish rune-stone commemorating a man called Víkingr. Swedish National Heritage Board, Photo Bengt A. Lundberg

What does the word ‘Viking’ really mean?

What the Old Norse for Viking can tell us about the Scandinavian explorers.
The languages children learn in school might not be the most useful for their future. from www.shutterstock.com

What languages should children be learning to get ahead?

There is usually a historical reason why schools teach certain languages. But as new economies emerge, such languages may no longer be the best ones to learn.
Will our digital phrasebook finally be able to handle more than just simple snippets? cybrain/Shutterstock.com

Has auto-translation software finally stopped being so useless?

Auto-translation software has been pretty frustrating to use. But news of vast improvements to Google's translation software raises the prospect that websites will soon be browsable in any language.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English. David Ritchie/Cape Argus

How schools use language as a way to exclude children

Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.

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