The events of Jan. 6, 2021, have been called an insurrection. The same word has often been used to describe the mostly forgotten rebellions against plantation owners by enslaved people.
The extraordinary Chinese writing system has over 4,000 core complex characters – and they’ve been getting more complex over time.
There’s a lot to the pronunciation of the word ‘no’ in an Australian accent.
Many people fear the disappearance of the unique way some communities speak. But accent loss is a complicated notion and embracing both language variation and change can be an important social goal.
The first speech sounds were uttered about 70,000 years ago and not hundreds of thousands of years ago as is sometimes claimed.
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.