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.
Back to the books.
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After being in decline for a decade, a new policy could kick-start language learning.
Worth practicing for your holiday?
Language experts review how one of the world's most popular language learning apps measures up against traditional teaching.
A unique language spoken by 2,500 people in central Sweden will start being taught in preschool.
German speakers think more about their goals.
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Bilinguals think differently depending on the language they're operating in.
Whichever language you speak, you are welcome.
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Speaking more than one language isn't just about getting better job propspects or superior brain power.
Young people from New Cross get to tell their own stories.
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Given the chance to be creative, young people shine.