The winners of Britain’s Funniest Class contest show us that kids can be funny. But how early can they do it on purpose?
Recent research on Danish shows that not only is it hard for Danish children to learn their mother tongue, but adult Danes use their native language differently than speakers of other languages.
Bothered by ‘expresso’? An expert on speech and language explains why you shouldn’t correct mispronunciations.
Mzilikazi Khumalo was a brilliant linguist with a stellar career in music. These achievements are extraordinary considering the obstacles he faced throughout his career.
To more effectively communicate about climate change online, follow these simple rules
Experts disagree on what makes someone truly bilingual, and how the human brain accesses multiple languages.
With so much recent focus on how women are treated, we need to look first at how we use language. And for a long time, it has been used to belittle and silence women.
Australian Indigenous languages use a fascinating array of expressions drawing on body parts to describe emotions. Here is a guide to some of the most intriguing ones.
In American Sign Language, some words rhyme, some look like what they mean and some are used more often than others. A new database of these features paves a pathway for ASL research.
A young reader asks: How are languages formed?
Morrison is long-winded on questions he wants to answer; curt on the one’s he does not. But now, he is coming up against a rising tide of anger.
Psycholinguistic researchers analyzed more than 1 million Reddit posts a year before and a year after users posted about their breakup.
Because of context and history, some words and phrases carry a heavy burden with them. Their mere mention can bring back painful memories and problematic situations.
Grammar isn’t a way to bully people for making mistakes, says a longtime English instructor. It is a way to understand how our language operates, in all its many written and spoken varieties.
Barbara Windsor was the Cockney queen of EastEnders but you’re more likely to hear her famous accent in Essex now rather than London.
Medicine’s linguistic history in English is rich indeed, peppered with borrowings from French. But the Old English renderings retain a certain charm.
For decades, forensic linguists have helped crack cases involving false author attribution, masked voices, false confessions in criminal cases and copyright disputes.
Hashtags are infiltrating language well beyond their original use on Twitter — and linguists are struggling to define their role.
While some adults see implicit meaning in sentences, children can miss it. Two linguists explain how this can happen, and why it matters in communication.
Accusing a person or company of ‘virtue signalling’ has become a common putdown. But slurs like these are not new.