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In the sense understood by François Jullien, the Chinese "thought language" allows us to change our view of Europe.
English spelling is not an illogical burden there to make life difficult for our children.
Teaching children how to break down words into their meaning and origin can help them be better spellers.
Languages are said to be disappearing faster than endangered species with a different one dying every two weeks.
The author of First You Write a Sentence makes a strong case for the humble full stop.
No one is saying the tennis star wasn't angry. But it's worth asking whether you thought she was more angry because she is a woman.
While the Kremlin rages at supposed crackdowns on Russian speakers abroad, it's rolling out a programme of linguistic homogenisation at home.
The words used by Britain’s miners are being forgotten.
Remembering the powder monkeys, sparkies and dinters and their remarkable linguistic legacy.
High school honour roll student Trey Arnold Rorick acts in the ‘Edge of the Knife.’ Rorick also works as a Cultural Interpreter at the K_ay Ilnagaay Haida Heritage Center.
Sgaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) is a feature film project that works to entertain audiences and revitalize language.
Why do some words sound pleasant to us, while others provoke disgust? Learning a new language can help us find out.
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Why our understanding of the relationship between ‘place’ and ‘language’ is crucial for social justice.
Home page of the BBC News Pidgin website.
BBC News Pidgin
West African pidgins are unique, showing that they have come to stay no matter what some say or feel about them.
Analysing the words used to place blame or give evidence can change how we see a situation.
Probably the most famous 'Welsh' word, 'cwtch' is the perfect example of a dialect term.
Be sceptical when it's claimed that a language has 'no word for X' or '50 words for Y'.
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The international aid sector's use of languages needs to change if it is serious about dealing with the issues raised by recent scandals.
French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot demonstrating hypnosis on a ‘hysterical’ patient.
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Split personality, neurotic, hysterical ... these terms aren't used by mainstream psychologists.
The difference between freedom and bananas helps explain.
Interpreter Marina Gross at work in Helsinki.
Interpreters' notes are used as a short-term memory aid, not a full record of a discussion.
The culture war isn’t just playing out on the streets. It’s also a struggle over the dominant understanding of certain words.
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Aristotle coined the term "enthymeme" to refer to arguments, words and ideas that are broadly accepted among the people of a nation. So what happens when enthymemes start to disappear?
Hobart’s Mount Wellington is now also known by its palawa kani name, kunanyi.
Tasmania's Aboriginal languages were decimated during the state's colonial violence. But members of the original community have reconstructed a language, palawa kani, which is now being used more widely.