Freedom of speech is valuable, but we should always be mindful of how words can wound.
If we're serious about freedom of speech, we need a more open and respectful discussion about words that cause insult and offence.
Giant leap – just give me a sec.
New research has found that Neil Armstrong's strong midwestern accent is making it impossible for us to work out what he actually said when he first set foot on the moon.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 15, 2016.
Two experts in political rhetoric explain how one candidate has used rhetorical devices like framing and 'argumentum in terrorem' to stoke fear and attract voters since the Orlando nightclub shooting.
‘Receiving you loud and clear.’
Our heads are like radio receivers, and they can tune in to various different channels.
Treasurers throughout Australia’s history have used their budget role to reach out to people.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
This isn’t going well.
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Phone trees drive you mad? Just want to talk to an actual person? You aren't alone – despite the fact that most customer service journeys begin with automated interactive voice response systems.
‘Benidorm, Spain’ drawn in 1979 by Richard Wawro.
Saturday, April 2, is World Autism Day. Many individuals with extraordinary ability have been found to have autism. Researchers have now found that many child prodigies have an autistic relative.
People with neurological disorders sometimes need to practise speech daily.
Researchers at CSIRO and University of Queensland have developed an app called Harlie that is designed to chat with humans.
Raising a child bilingually does not cause language learning difficulties.
Parents shouldn't be concerned if their bilingual child is slower to develop their vocabularly, because in most cases this is just a temporary lag.
Kim Kardashian West does a good line in vocal fry … how does that affect the public’s perception of her?
Much has been written about vocal fry in recent years, with the focus on what it is, where it comes from and what it means ... at least when it comes to females who fry. What's really going on here?
Robert Mugabe on the day the 91-year-old president read out the wrong speech at the opening of parliament.
Robert Mugabe is no novice when it comes to reading wrong speeches. But he is in good company.
To communicate is human – but how did language originally get started?
What can a bunch of people grunting in a lab teach us about our capacity to create language systems? A lot about the gesture- or vocalization-based origins of language.
Who’s a clever boy then?
Scientists have identified the brain region that makes it possible for parrots to speak.
Hamza addressing worshippers in London under police observation.
Abu Hamza has been sentenced to life in a US prison, after being found guilty of 11 charges of terrorism and kidnapping. The ruling was handed down as events unfolded in France, once again putting his…
The public response to the eulogies to Gough Whitlam testifies to the power of oratory that draws on and gives fresh life to memory.
In a playful rhetorical flourish at the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday, Indigenous leader Noel Pearson monumentalised Gough Whitlam’s prime ministerial legacy, Monty Python-style: What did the Romans ever…
Thick accents, bad accents, mumbling…
The recent torrent of complaints about the “inaudible dialogue” in the BBC’s adaptation of Daphne de Maurier’s Jamaica Inn have prompted a debate about actors’ speech. The cause of the problem was variously…
Adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t played in decades have a faster brain response to speech sound than…
Can’t hear you.
Nemo's great uncle
We live in a society that is fascinated by the brain – how it works, how it differs across individuals or changes over our lifetimes and how it makes us different to other species. And over the years…
Three to four-month-old human infants respond to primate calls in the same way as to human language. Research from the US…
Stay still, I’ve missed a bit.
The voice is an important tool which we use to communicate and express ourselves. But our voices convey so much more than the words we say. Just a few words can reveal clues about someone’s gender, age…