When professionals, like pharmacists, are able to communicate in many languages, everyone benefits.
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Vocation specific language courses can encourage both linguistic and cultural awareness. They can equip students with the basics they need to communicate.
Gayle started life as a language spoken by gay men. But its use has shifted over time.
Gayle remains as popular as ever -- but it has evolved, shifted and become a language spoken by more than just gay men.
Interpreters enable patients to be fully informed about their health condition and options for treatment.
Interpreters are essential in providing ethical and high quality health care to Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse population.
Play video games and learn a language – a researcher explains why it might be possible.
Receptionists are in the firing line when patients get disgruntled.
Analysis of 228,000 comments shows that while surgeons are likely to be called ‘outstanding’ and ‘brilliant’, receptionists are branded 'arrogant' and 'rude'. But it's not because they do a bad job.
A little lipstick doesn’t change reality.
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Companies often go out of their way to avoid clearly explaining actions like firing people or informing investors and others of bad news.
This explains why some aspects of English can be hard to learn for speakers of other languages.
If the goal is to communicate, why should the speaker bear all the burden?
It can be hard to understand a non-native speaker of your own language. But conversation is a two-way street and linguists are figuring out how native listeners can improve their half of the interaction.
Drawing of a ‘bogan doll’ which featured in a 1984 edition of a student-produced Xavier College magazine Sursum Corda.
A 1984 magazine produced by students at Xavier College contains the earliest known reference to the word 'bogan' as we now understand it.
One way to see the value of meaning is to share information and cooperate with others.
The self-help books are full of advice on how to get meaning in life, but it helps to understand what meaning actually is. Science may be able to provide some answers.
Milling grain meant less wear and tear on neolithic teeth, which had other effects on language.
Considering language from a biological perspective led researchers to the idea that new food processing technologies affected neolithic human beings' jaws – and allowed new language sounds to emerge.
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The Aussie accent has been lambasted as "lazy", but this view doesn't come from the facts.
2018 #HearOurVote women’s March in San Francisco.
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English is a language made by men, for men and it reinforces inequality.
Limited contact between the first British Sign Language communities created dialects that are still in use today.
Recreating communicative situations in the classroom does not guarantee language acquisition.
The environment at universities isn't conducive to effectively teaching and learning new languages.
Cwtch, drive and brammer are all commonly thought of as Welsh dialect terms, but they have actually come from all over the world.
Words shed light on our world.
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Different languages have different ways of describing the world – and this in turn affects how speakers see the world.
Debunking the myth that English is the only language you need.
Vulnerable groups are being excluded from society due to their lack of ability to speak national languages.
Parents and guardians play a vital role in a child’s academic success.
Children need more than school resources and qualified teachers to attain academic success.