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The Welsh name Yr Wyddfa is now used for the mountain instead of Snowdon by the national park authority. Malgosia Janicka/Shutterstock.

Welsh place names are being erased – and so are the stories they tell

Welsh place names often reflect local legends, fauna and topography. The coining of English names to replace them has sparked an ongoing campaign to protect them.
An EEG and MRI allow physicians to follow the activity of the cerebral regions linked to language. This enables them to measure the reactions of a patient in a state of minimal consciousness to various commands. Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

Emerging from a coma: response to language can help assess states of consciousness

New research shows that post-coma patients who appear to be in a minimally conscious state can still mentally react to language. This finding could help improve their diagnosis and treatment.
Language policy in Canada suggests misunderstanding among government officials and the general public about language use, international language rights and their implications. (Shutterstock)

Supporting minority languages requires more than token gestures

Canada’s population is more diverse than ever, with many different languages represented. Government policy must reflect that diversity and offer meaningful support to minority languages.
With so many competing demands during the holidays, it’s easy to take on more than you can handle. mphillips007/E+ via Getty Images

How to deal with holiday stress, Danish-style

Denmark, despite its cold and gloomy winters, is full of people who consistently rank among the happiest in the world.
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Democracy spreads in waves – but shared cultural history might matter more than geography

New research suggests countries with cosmopolitan values may be more likely to shift towards democracy, but democratic institutions can’t endure without sustained efforts to promote such values.
Is living in a language-rich world enough to teach a child grammatical language? kate_sept2004/E+ via Getty Images

AI is changing scientists’ understanding of language learning – and raising questions about an innate grammar

Linguists have long considered grammar to be the glue of language, and key to how children learn it. But new prose-writing AIs suggest language experience may be more important than grammar.

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