Language learning is not a passive process in which children simply absorb and copy their parents.
Children don't learn all aspects of language from their parents, but invent a language structure themselves.
Gender fluidity is becoming more mainstream.
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As genders blur, language is rapidly adapting. Look no further than the American Dialect Society’s 2015 Word of the Year.
The great potato cake/scallop/fritter divide.
Rosey Billington, Lauren Gawne, Kathleen Jepson, and Jill Vaughan 'Mapping words around Australia' (bit.ly/AusWordsMaps)
Australian's care so much about regional differences in words because it's a reflection on a person's identity.
All swear words come from those aspects of human experience in which we invest our deepest emotions.
The taboo meaning of the f-word is not nearly as common as the use of the word as an “emphatic intensifier”, or in the various idioms.
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No matter where in the world you are, keep up with the adventures of D2R2 and Jabba the Forester.
Conversation and the art of making your words count.
We are only just starting to understand the linguistic tools that get stuff done, move us to tears, bore us to death, or make us dizzy with delight.
How do you make a digital mapping system give directions like a stranger in the street?
Munroe has taken the principles of clear communication to what feels like their furthest extent.
In his new book, Randall Munroe of xkcd fame takes the principles of clear communication to what feels like their furthest extent, but there's a place for dense grammar in our theories and ideas.
The Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year is causing a bit of a stir – probably because it's not a word at all.
No' playin' ba'
During the 20th century, English accents began to pick up traits from the capital. In the west of Scotland, though, something different has been going on.
A Spanish street performer dressed as a cowboy. Europeans have long been fascinated with the American West.
A linguist explains how words get co-opted from one language to another.
Kim Kardashian West does a good line in vocal fry … how does that affect the public’s perception of her?
Much has been written about vocal fry in recent years, with the focus on what it is, where it comes from and what it means ... at least when it comes to females who fry. What's really going on here?
At what point does a wildly speculative idea become worthy of national and international press coverage?
The idea that the Australian accent may be the product of drunkenness in early European settlers is wildly speculative. And yet it has gained international attention in the past week. Why?
The discovery that "Huh?" crops up in many languages may have won the researchers an Ig Nobel Prize. But they found much more than that in their search for the universals in language.
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but it just doesn’t feel right.
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What's in a name? Many words are arbitrary – there's no reason a dog must be called a dog or a table must be called a table. Why do we tend to assume there's a reason any object has its specific name?
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.
Amid the debate about what languages should dominate at African schools, we’re missing an important point: why do we learn language in the first place?
There are two functions of language: communication and access to knowledge. Each must be pursued as an objective in its own right rather than being lumped together.
Members of the Chitimacha language team (from left to right) Sam Boutte, Kim Walden and Rachel Vilcan use the new language software for the first time.
In the face of war, disease and outside cultural pressures, the Chitimacha language has survived -- and now thrives.
Minions, contrary to parental fears, have not been swearing at children – but why would that be a problem anyway?
Parental concerns that Minions given as toys in McDonald's Happy Meals have been dropping the F-bomb raises an issue: how far – if at all – should we go to prevent children from exposure to "bad" language?
The United States celebrates its World Cup victory.
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Language can subtly undermine women's sports in a number of ways.