There’s a lot to the pronunciation of the word ‘no’ in an Australian accent.
Many people fear the disappearance of the unique way some communities speak. But accent loss is a complicated notion and embracing both language variation and change can be an important social goal.
A language scientist explains that talking was never invented but has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.
New research explores how face masks affect our understanding of speech.
Babies who remain in silence hours after birth have different brains to those who listen to sounds.
We often imitate styles of speech we hear – what’s known as ‘linguistic convergence.’ But a researcher wanted to see if we alter our speech based on the mere expectation of how someone will sound.
Though it was exceedingly grating, the late comedian was able to perfect a sound that worked in tandem with his brand of humor.
The ‘Die Hard’ actor is suffering from a communications disorder that affects 2 million Americans.
Bruce Willis’ family today revealed he has been diagnosed with aphasia. So what actually is aphasia and why haven’t we heard of it before?
Nkrumah’s rhetorical vision used the politics of the crowd to build a postcolonial community outside of the conscripts of colonialism.
There’s plenty to critique about sorority culture. But going after Southern accents is punching down.
Vocal imitation is a key part of how humans learn to speak. New research shows that bats babble to learn and use baby talk to teach, just like people do.
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.
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.
It’s concerning that tech executives can exercise so much power over who can use their platforms. But the alternative – government intervention – could be much worse.
For decades, forensic linguists have helped crack cases involving false author attribution, masked voices, false confessions in criminal cases and copyright disputes.
Conversation analysis explains how ums and uhs facilitate communication
In the age of masks, improve your interactions by using all aspects of human communication.
Because sarcasm is often difficult to discern and improperly used, it can operate as a linguistic mulligan. But deploy the excuse too much, and you might raise some eyebrows.
Worried you won’t be understood while wearing a mask? Don’t be. We studied how people sound while talking through fabric and the results are encouraging.