In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
Do you wince at a mispronounced 'Moet'? Do you cringe at unintentional portmanteau words, like 'misunderestimated' or 'insinuendo'? You are not alone.
The Mississippi is characterised in America as male, while the Indians see the Ganges as female.
Between them, Kazakhstan's 18m people speak 117 languages but the country is opting for the Latin alphabet as it aims for wider global integration.
Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
Throughout history, metaphors based around the testes and semen brought out very different sides of masculinity.
Indonesian, an engineered language made in the time of colonialism, is "the envy of the multilingual world". But no one speaks standard Indonesian on the streets. Does anyone speak the language?
New census data provides a chance to understand why immigrants earn lower wages than Canadians who have been here for many generations. Whether immigrants speak English at home may be a clue.
The way we talk about this problem is working against us.
New research reveals a universal tone of voice adopted when we speak to babies.
Evolutionary biologists ask very similar questions about species to those asked by linguists about languages.
People across the globe all see millions of distinct colors. But the terms we use to describe them vary across cultures. New cognitive science research suggests it's about what we want to communicate.
New research gives weight to Noam Chomsky's idea of a universal language ability.
Language can change the way we think – and not always for the best.
The way we talk about cyberspace may make us more vulnerable to hacking.
The word Squ-w has an innocent origin, but its use in English has long been derogatory and racist. Place names which use this word should be changed.
Extremists haven't always been associated with violence, or religious views.
To understand the full scale of the world's linguistic diversity, we should be thinking about languages and how speakers relate to them.
'If we can’t understand our rights, we have no rights.' But efforts are being made to rebalance the inequalities.
Careful how you talk about Brexit. People are making assumptions as soon as you've said the word.