We live in a society in which inequality is deepening – in this context, our words can have real and pernicious effects.
Australia’s rich diversity is reflected in its older population. It's time our nursing homes do the same.
Here's what parents should look out for if they are worried about their baby's language development.
Use of the words 'traitor', 'surrender' and 'betrayal' have increased inside parliament but everyone outside needs to watch their language too.
We may no longer say ‘shiver me timbers’, but we still use plenty of pirate words for other things.
What started as a showcase for America's drag queens is fast becoming a global sensation.
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.