Accusing a person or company of ‘virtue signalling’ has become a common putdown. But slurs like these are not new.
From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, writers and linguists have invented an array of new languages.
Why do some words sound pleasant to us, while others provoke disgust? Learning a new language can help us find out.
Linguist Alison Long helped translate a best-selling novel into the latest BBC television drama.
Some learning apps promise to have you speaking a new language in two weeks. But truly learning a language requires considerable time, effort and commitment.
One of the ways by which Africa can overcome problems of underdevelopment is by using its abundant linguistic and cultural resources.
For centuries, written communication was tinged with formality and finality. But since the emergence of casual forms like texting, using proper grammar can be fraught with misinterpretation.
The young have a rich, linguistic vein – just don’t try and copy them.