How many colors in your language’s rainbow?
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New research investigates how people sequentially add new color terms to languages over time – and the results hold surprises about assumptions linguists have made for 40 years.
School pupils can learn far more about modern languages than just words with the support of mentoring.
A unique mentoring project has helped school pupils learn the cultural, professional and personal benefits of languages.
A billabong on SBS website My Grandmother’s Lingo, which takes viewers on an interactive journey through the Marra language.
My Grandmother's Lingo
A beautiful interactive SBS online documentary puts the spotlight on Marra, an Indigenous language spoken fluently by just three people.
The right-wing press is using a particularly out of date ideology to link language change and immigration.
Will our digital phrasebook finally be able to handle more than just simple snippets?
Auto-translation software has been pretty frustrating to use. But news of vast improvements to Google's translation software raises the prospect that websites will soon be browsable in any language.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Why do universities only favour two?
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Universities pay too little attention to the knowledge and experiences that students bring to their institutions from different cultures and backgrounds.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English.
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Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
ICYMI, the ‘air-punch’ has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
From 'shiok' to 'narcocorrido' to 'sweary', the OED's new words are a linguistic smorgasbord. They include, for the first time, entries from Singapore and Hong Kong English - and an expression dating back to 1723.
Learning the language of happiness.
Could understanding other cultures’ concepts of joy and happiness help us to reshape our own?
Worried that a shortage of language speakers could be a security risk, the army now gives soldiers cash incentives to learn them.
European collaboration: great in theory, exclusionary in practice.
The EU may claim it is "united in diversity" but the reality is very different.
John Z'graggen’s tapes from Madang.
There are hundreds of different languages spoken in the Pacific region that could be lost. So it's important to safeguard what recordings we have in a digital archive available to all.
The decline of language learning has left Britain bereft of cultural exchange with Europe.
Getting going early.
We really might get gradually worse at learning a new language as we age, says a new study.
Beware the security creep into adult education.
The future is one of multiple Englishes.
Bilingualism unlocks the way words work.
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People growing up with two or more languages have social and cognitive advantages.
The language survived against the odds and is now a central part of Catalan identity.
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.
Easier than it looks?
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Unless young children are totally immersed in a foreign language, they actually learn it better when they're a bit older.