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Do accents disappear?

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.
Arizona’s cities and towns have been flooded with signage during the heavily contested 2022 elections. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Why campaigns have a love-hate relationship with their signs

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.
Is living in a language-rich world enough to teach a child grammatical language? kate_sept2004/E+ via Getty Images

AI is changing scientists’ understanding of language learning – and raising questions about an innate grammar

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.

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