The use of ‘y'all’ has often been seen as vulgar, low-class and uncultured. That’s starting to change.
007 uses an English upper-class, ‘Received Pronunciation’ accent.
African American Vernacular English is a stigmatized dialect that is still ridiculed in education and the workplace. Its speakers are coherent and intelligent communicators, but remain disadvantaged.
Supporters and volunteers love them. But it’s difficult for political scientists to determine whether they even influence the outcome of elections, since no two campaigns or election cycles are alike.
A psycholinguist explains what’s really going on when people misspeak.
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.
The words indicating colours that are available in our mother tongue influence the way we perceive and differentiate colours. Does this mean that language determines our thinking?
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.
The Queen’s love for the Scottish highlands was well-documented. Fewer knew she could speak the language too.
He is certainly important to English but he isn’t responsible for as much of it as you might think.
An overlooked grammatical affix lends further linguistic support for the idea that Austronesian speakers in eastern Taiwan used their seafaring skills to span out across the Pacific.
A language scientist explains that talking was never invented but has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years.
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.
New research shows there is still a lot of love for rhyming slang – but mostly among older Australians.
Deaf people from different parts of the world can have different accents, whether they speak, sign or both.
While many people rely on written signage to find their way around, oral language plays a significant role in giving directions in rural areas.
Increasingly, parents are realising that flexibility is key to navigating multiple languages, and cultures, within family life.
Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.