A linguistics scholar explains why the loss of Arabic in Israel would be a loss of history, culture and possibly human rights.
We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
Weather forecasting stopped looking for patterns in the past, and started using numbers to look solidly at the future.
It's important to shift educational discourse in and around Africa in a more equitable, representative direction.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don't speak that language at home.
We can't observe the brain activity of extinct human species. But we can observe modern brains doing the things that our distant ancestors did, looking for clues about how ancient brains worked.
What you say may matter more than how you say it.
It turns out that children as young as three can actually understand some forms of irony.
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.