Could these gentlemen be early pioneers of textspeak?
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Long before 'sup' and 'hwu' there was 'Hw r u ts mng?'
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.
Are the Minion toys using the F-word?
Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ
Did your child just drop the F-bomb? What can you do?
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.
The language of learning is a politically fraught matter in South Africa, harking back to the tragic 1976 Soweto uprising.
There's an ongoing debate about how best to promote multilingualism in schools. But is this debate relevant when it comes to teaching science?
Worth practicing for your holiday?
Language experts review how one of the world's most popular language learning apps measures up against traditional teaching.
From “Ha!” to “LOL,” laughter in text can take on a number of forms and meanings.
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Shakespeare didn't 'lol,' but he did 'ha, ha, he.'
Boo if you dare.
Parlez-vous Eurovision? The contest may seem more monolingual than ever, but it remains a multicultural event.
Better said with an emoji?
Emojis are mainly used to enhance the meaning of words in texts – they won't replace them altogether.
‘Standing up’ for something is viewed positively, while taking something ‘lying down’ has negative connotations.
In subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways, our language reflects societal attitudes.
Britain’s true colours.
Politicians should cut the language deficit for the sake of voters.
Linguist and mother ignoring Steven Pinker’s advice.
There's nothing like raising an infant to help galvanise one of the greatest debates in modern linguistics.
Lest we forget is an expression with dignified origins, a rich history and a budding linguistic fossil.
This Anzac Day the words "lest we forget" will often be spoken. It's a usage that we don't otherwise hear. Why do linguistic fossils such as "lest we forget" linger – and how do they help us remember the fallen?
Does this represent the degeneration of language? Not quite.
Don't listen to the naysayers. New ways of communicating have created a wealth of new opportunities to harness – and study – language.
How do you talk about cancer?
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How we talk about illness is an individual process but some want there to be a right and wrong way.
Map depicting the two major hypotheses of the spread of Indo-European languages (white arrows) and geographic distribution of the archaeological cultures described in the text.
Europe is famously tesselated, with different cultural and language groups clustering in different regions. But how did they all get there? And how are they related?
Migrants making their way through Calais. Get to the UK, and they might face a tough language test.
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Are tests to prove asylum seekers come from where they say they do impossible to do fairly?