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.
About two students in 30 will have developmental language disorder, making it as common as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and much more common than autism.
Politicians dropping the f-bomb tend to be seen as acting out of emotion, but the way we use taboo language is often about what we can accomplish by violating rules.
Throughout Europe, the new king’s name has been translated (or not) in many different ways.
People change their accents for many reasons, but it doesn’t necessarily protect them from accentism.
Some Spanish-speaking activists are already using a different gender-inclusive term, arguing it’s a better replacement for Latinx.
Given the clear importance of language skills for lifelong outcomes, it is critical to set children up early for language success.
Students are less likely to think they can be good at both math and reading as they get closer to high school.
Using urine and signature whistles from other dolphins, a team of scientists has shown that dolphins use signature whistles like names and hold mental representations of other dolphins in their minds.
How to use language clues to see through someone’s ‘expert’ facade.
Interpreters and translators enjoy rock star status in some countries, why are they invisible in Australia?
A language scientist explains that talking was never invented but has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.
The grammar of persuasion can be subtle – but pro-lockdown tweeters tended to be more direct and less conciliatory than those they opposed.
Created in Europe during a time of intercultural struggle and strife, Esperanto was meant as a communication tool to spread peace among the people of the world. Its speakers are still at it.