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.
Gov. Ralph Northam has fumbled his apology.
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Trying to figure out if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam or other would-be penitents are sincere? A scholar who analyzed dozens of recent apologies offers a user's guide.
New Orleans Saints fans cheer on Jan. 20, 2019, in the playoff game with the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans.
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In the excitement of the Super Bowl and other major sporting events, fans often forget themselves – and their voices. Loud cheering can stress your vocal folds, or voice cords. An expert explains.
We don’t need to put the same effort into making the conversation polite or interesting when we’re talking to a chatbot.
Chatbots and virtual personal assistants are becoming an integral part of our daily lives. They could change how we talk to each other, and how we relate to ourselves.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27.
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One striking feature of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony was the number of times he interrupted. Data shows that hearing interruptions are becoming more common, particularly when the nominee is female.
Why do some words sound pleasant to us, while others provoke disgust? Learning a new language can help us find out.
Our research supports the idea that human speech abilities comes down to our brain power.
Choosing which languages to teach children in a multilingual family is a tough question.
Parents of autistic children are often encouraged to stick with one language at home - even if they speak several. But should they?
Australia and New Zealand are neighbours but our accents are quite different. We even have different words for things.
The short answer is that the accent you have depends on the people you grew up with and the history of the place that you live in.
South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa has in his state of the nation speech inspired hope.
The speech was delivered with panache and confidence. It had style, declaring to the nation and the world that he, Cyril Ramaphosa, was in charge.
Here’s cheers: Australians have developed a lot of slang phases for alcohol and drinking.
Our drinking culture has brought some colourful phrases into the Australian vernacular.
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Our voices also affect how people perceive our own social status.
People suffering hearing loss learn to speak through a combination of lip-reading and watching for visual clues.
So much to say, but who’s paying attention?
We seem prepared to share our opinions on almost any subject today thanks to social media and other mass communication. But who is really listening?
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is fighting against economic predators.
South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan spoke of protecting the economy from predators. This is commendable but not enough to build an inclusive economy.
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?
‘Baby talk’ has shorter sentences, simpler words and more repetition.
People often tell new parents to avoid 'baby talk' because it will slow down the child's language development. But evidence shows it does the opposite.
Freedom of speech is valuable, but we should always be mindful of how words can wound.
If we're serious about freedom of speech, we need a more open and respectful discussion about words that cause insult and offence.
Giant leap – just give me a sec.
New research has found that Neil Armstrong's strong midwestern accent is making it impossible for us to work out what he actually said when he first set foot on the moon.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 15, 2016.
Two experts in political rhetoric explain how one candidate has used rhetorical devices like framing and 'argumentum in terrorem' to stoke fear and attract voters since the Orlando nightclub shooting.