Phrases like ‘I suppose’ and ‘I would argue’ can project a lack of confidence when speaking.
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.
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.
The word ‘queer’ has a history as a widely used and respectful term in the LGBTIQA+ community, as well as being a slur.
There are many benefits to being bilingual.
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.
The extraordinary Chinese writing system has over 4,000 core complex characters – and they’ve been getting more complex over time.
People in the Gurindji community of Kalkaringi in northern Australia call their sign language ‘Takataka’.
Denmark, despite its cold and gloomy winters, is full of people who consistently rank among the happiest in the world.
It’s not just you – there’s a reason swearing is so satisfying.
Most people don’t know that when a doctor says your X-ray is impressive, it’s generally bad news.
D.H. Lawrence’s book is a seething commentary on class, exposing his fears for Britain’s future. But the film is a romantic period drama.
Elon Musk has a habit of making up words – but his use of language holds more clues to his ambitions than his tongue-in-cheek tweets may suggest.
The use of ‘y'all’ has often been seen as vulgar, low-class and uncultured. That’s starting to change.
Surprisingly, Macquarie’s list of the words of 2022 hasn’t highlighted the war in Ukraine or climate change. It embraced Australian political terms, while the people chose the ‘bachelor’s handbag’.
Linguistic analysis shows that activists and politicians have very different messages when it comes to the environment.
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.
How to make a ‘fortune teller’ or ‘chatterbox’ with children, and why the paper activity targets many developmental domains at once.
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.
Research into Chinese peer to peer lending data shows that borrowers from regions with more minority dialects receive smaller loans.