A Pirahã family.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
Gogglebox, where you watch people watching TV.
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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.
‘Going forward’ is a boardroom and husting escapee that has now made it big time in the workplace, and even outside.
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.
Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika acknowledges the applause after graduating with her Masters degree.
This Masters degree sets a precedent in South Africa and gives universities that want to be truly inclusive a lot to think about.
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The @RoguePOTUSStaff account claims to be a genuine inside source of West Wing dirt, and hundreds of thousands of people seem to trust it.
A tourist market in Ivory Coast. Africa needs to harness its rich cultural and linguistic diversity to drive its development.
One of the ways by which Africa can overcome problems of underdevelopment is by using its abundant linguistic and cultural resources.
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 Polari bible.
While few people use the language today, many cherish its history.
The idea of a ‘native speaker’ creates bias.
The belief in the linguistic superiority of the 'native speaker' is often based on assumptions of ethnicity.
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While a lot of slang words come and go ('good riddance', 'amazeballs'), others endure. And exactly why that happens is something of a mystery.
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.
New linguistic studies show the ratio of “he” to “she” in Australian news reporting is 3.4 to 1.
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A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
The Australian National Dictionary is charting our rapidly evolving language.
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Our communications revolution is changing the way we write and speak, and 'Slanglish' has never had it so good.
Go ahead, just let off some steam.
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With the taboo on swearing loosening over the past few decades, will profanity lose its effectiveness in spoken language?
Research shows the letters used for product names are subject to trends, much like anything else.
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How did K come to be used more often in brand names than would be expected by chance?
…and Red Little Riding Hood.
The use of adjectives in English has caused an internet storm – here are the 'rules' explained.
The biggest issue is still getting the kids to eat them.
When botany and linguistics collide: pumpkins are fruits and there's technically no such thing as a vegetable. But try telling that to a five-year-old and see how far you get.
Balga is the Noongar name for the grass tree - seen here in the Flinders Ranges.
Words from 100 Indigenous languages are in the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary – reflecting a heightened interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Our relationships, desires, anxieties are reflected in the way we communicate.
A "passion" was once thought of as a love or desire so irresistible as to take one to the threshold of death. What are we to make, then, of a passion for innovation or management consulting? What's happening to our words?
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From Jabberwocky to the BFG's gobblefunking, playing with words is the first step to mastering them – not something to be ironed out of teaching.