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Knowing how to communicate about death gives us the language to discuss end-of-life topics with our loved ones. from www.shutterstock.com

Passed away, kicked the bucket, pushing up daisies – the many ways we don’t talk about death

We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
Which emoji captures how you’re feeling today? from www.shutterstock.com

Why I use emoji in research and teaching

Emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Just be careful if you use the eggplant or peach emoji.
The most expensive punctuation in the world… Gayle Dee/Flickr

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

A badly written law cost a US company US$10 million, when a judge ruled that a comma missing from a statute meant 75 truck drivers were owed four years of unpaid overtime wages.
Children at school in Mali, which is among the countries that’s prioritised mother tongue education. United Nations Photo/Flickr

Lessons from Africa prove the incredible value of mother tongue learning

Over the years, our understanding of how language and learning are linked has shifted and changed. There is ample evidence about the value of mother-tongue-based multilingual education.

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