While cats – with their steely demeanor – have a reputation of being hard to read, humans seem intent on figuring out what their cats are thinking and feeling.
Human communication is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs. That's a challenge if you want an intelligent machine to be part of the conversation.
Many of the most commonly used election terms have a long linguistic history, stretching from ancient Rome to modern-day America and Australia.
Yiddish was at one time the international language of Ashkenazic Jews, but it's exact origin has always been somewhat unclear, until now.
We all know about the 'jobs and growth', but there was also 'tax' and various forms of 'new' – read innovation – in this year's federal budget.
If you read a translation of a book, have you read the book? Can language ever really tell you what someone else is thinking? Jhumpa Lahiri navigates these tricky waters in her memoir, In Other Words.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there's an art to making up languages.
Shakespeare’s use of dialect is a key argument used by those who stand by the traditional author. But these so-called “Warwickshire dialect” words are nothing of the sort.
Five perspectives on how our language is evolving – and where it might end up.
While translation technology has improved dramatically, there are some significant hurdles.
Torn between localism and pan-Europeanism, the idea of "Belgium" means almost nothing.
When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
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.
An expert in American political rhetoric highlights an extremely effective rhetorical device to which the controversial candidate often resorts.
Even if you don't have a word for it, you can make one up.
Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
Pedants fixated on a 'correct' version of English should learn to roll with the times.
Malcolm Turnbull's tears have drawn attention to harsh truths about the loss of Indigenous culture. As a nation we should embrace Indigenous languages.