Young Javanese speakers in Indonesia are nervous about speaking High Javanese, for fear of making mistakes. But they are still eager to learn.
Forensic linguistics can play a valuable role in interpreting evidence.
A new theory of language suggests that people understand words by unconsciously simulating what they describe. Repeated exposure – and the simulation that comes with it – makes it easier to act.
A small community of Afrikaners has been living in Argentina since the early 1900s. Linguistic research has found they're like a time capsule, reflecting pronunciation and syntax from an earlier era.
What do you do when 'no deal' looks like a disaster? Stick another word in front of it. Problem solved.
Approximately 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today, but only about half are expected to survive this century. One factor contributing to this loss is climate change.
Changes in the way we pronounce certain sounds tell us a lot about our changing values.
Children in the early stages of learning to read should be given decodable books to practise and generalise their developing alphabetic skills.
Learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read.
In the sense understood by François Jullien, the Chinese "thought language" allows us to change our view of Europe.
Teaching children how to break down words into their meaning and origin can help them be better spellers.
Languages are said to be disappearing faster than endangered species with a different one dying every two weeks.
The author of First You Write a Sentence makes a strong case for the humble full stop.
No one is saying the tennis star wasn't angry. But it's worth asking whether you thought she was more angry because she is a woman.
While the Kremlin rages at supposed crackdowns on Russian speakers abroad, it's rolling out a programme of linguistic homogenisation at home.
Remembering the powder monkeys, sparkies and dinters and their remarkable linguistic legacy.
Why do some words sound pleasant to us, while others provoke disgust? Learning a new language can help us find out.
Why our understanding of the relationship between ‘place’ and ‘language’ is crucial for social justice.
West African pidgins are unique, showing that they have come to stay no matter what some say or feel about them.
Analysing the words used to place blame or give evidence can change how we see a situation.