From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, writers and linguists have invented an array of new languages.
Can we really know what animals think? A philosopher argues that we can't, not with any precision.
As we get older, our eyesight may dim and our recall may falter. But our linguistic abilities don't seem to erode.
Some animals, like rats, learn linguistic patterns better than humans can.
The word 'OK' has only been around for 180 years, but it's become the most spoken word on the planet.
Children as young as eight or nine could be taught in a more adult, analytical way.
Whether it frustrates or motivates your opponent can depend on the situation.
The word 'like' has a grammar, and by looking at it, we can learn a lot about what 'like' means and what it contributes to someone’s speech.
Linguists have a lot of largely untested theories. Borrowing a tool from ecology, researchers built a model that didn't look for one worldwide explanation.
Each spin of the news cycle hits us with another 'bombshell,' while everything from free speech to race has been 'weaponized.' What's the effect of being relentlessly exposed to metaphors of war?
The book promises to help reclaim language used against women, exploring the origins of gendered slurs. But its use of contemporary slang and lack of an index undermines its credibility.
If how we speak about the world we want to see is crucial in building support for climate change momentum, then what is visible and invisible, strange and normal, positive and negative, must change.
Armstrong always insisted that he said, 'That’s one small step for a man.' Yet everyone omits the 'a' when they repeat the quote. A linguist tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
Instead of worrying that emoji is replacing competent language use, we can celebrate that emoji are creating a richer form of online communication that returns the features of gesture to language.
English will remain an official EU language – even after Brexit – and this will impact the way it evolves.
The idea of CRISPR as scissors ignores an entire ecosystem of moving parts that are crucial for understanding the awe-inspiring, crazy thing scientists are trying to do when they attempt gene editing.
Konglish is widely spoken in Korea but rather than celebrating it as one of a variety of Englishes used around the world, speakers are often frowned upon.
The influence of digital technology is most significant in how we experience culture and identity. Think about the use of streaming media.
We're left wondering whether we as humans are so very special after all – that perhaps the ability to learn mathematics could be universal.
Calling all people who don't agree with climate science "deniers" is neither accurate nor helpful.