Afrikaans is very much a black language. The apartheid government's ploy to construct it as a "white language", with a "white history", denied the commonality of the language across race and class.
Emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Just be careful if you use the eggplant or peach emoji.
Politicians like Marine Le Pen are seeking to change the meaning of the very words we use for political gain.
Cult TV show Gogglebox is more than light entertainment: it shows the diverse reality of Australian English, going beyond stereotypes about what Australians sound like.
Can disturbed sleep patterns have an impact on a child’s ability to acquire language and vocabulary?
A badly written law cost a US company US$10 million, when a judge ruled that a comma missing from a statute meant 75 truck drivers were owed four years of unpaid overtime wages.
English-speaking rugby referees are aiming to improve their foreign language skills – but how will this affect the game?
Saving students through the medium of comics.
You can't check if a statement is accurate if it's too incoherent to understand.
When they start life, clichés are fetching and memorable phrases. But overuse has sucked them of vitality – and now they walk among the living dead.
From "gay" to "poofter" to "fairy" - the words used by others to define gay people can say a great deal more about them than us.
So-called 'soft skills' – including interpersonal skills, critical thinking and relationship-building – are rated as being important across all jobs and industries.
Over the years, our understanding of how language and learning are linked has shifted and changed. There is ample evidence about the value of mother-tongue-based multilingual education.
For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.
There are a range of linguistic strategies to build rapport with customers, but using their name is always the fall-back – with detrimental results.
The best way to sell someone a service or product is by speaking their language.
Swearing has often been associated with a lack of intelligence, but studies show that it could be a cleverer use of language than we thought.
Language is not fixed and meaning is what people make it.
We humans are capable of vocalising many different words in a range of languages. But what is it that gives us a remakable and variable voice?
Tolkien and Zamenhof are two of imaginary languages' most successful proponents – yet their aims were very different.