‘Hey everybody, there’s big news happening over here!’
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Dogs' barks say a lot about how they're feeling.
Communication between people would be very difficult, if not impossible, without discursive memory. Our memories allow us to understand each other or to experience irreconcilable differences.
Because of context and history, some words and phrases carry a heavy burden with them. Their mere mention can bring back painful memories and problematic situations.
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Academic words are useful at school and university – but they can be tricky to learn.
Talking politics increasingly seems like an exercise in talking past one another.
Using machine learning to study over 85 million YouTube comments, a research team has, for the first time, identified linguistic differences among cable news viewers.
The coronavirus forced the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary to break with tradition.
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Updates to the Oxford English Dictionary provide a fascinating glimpse into how language changes in the face of rapid and unprecedented social and economic disruption.
Every known culture on Earth has special words for kids to call their parents.
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One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.
Depending on where you’re from, you say words like ‘basil’ a specific way.
Accents differ depending on where we're from, even in the same country.
Some animals, like rats, learn linguistic patterns better than humans can.
It’s a simple word with a strange history.
The word 'OK' has only been around for 180 years, but it's become the most spoken word on the planet.
Drawing of a ‘bogan doll’ which featured in a 1984 edition of a student-produced Xavier College magazine Sursum Corda.
A 1984 magazine produced by students at Xavier College contains the earliest known reference to the word 'bogan' as we now understand it.
Instead of overreacting to minor slights, it’s healthier to just say, ‘pyt.’
Pyt doesn't have an exact English translation, but there's a rich strain of psychological research devoted to its benefits in everyday life.
What to write to get that next grant?
Grant abstracts with more words, more complex language and more storytelling tend to earn more money – even if that's not exactly what funders say they'd want.
Why do some words sound pleasant to us, while others provoke disgust? Learning a new language can help us find out.
Probably the most famous 'Welsh' word, 'cwtch' is the perfect example of a dialect term.
Pharmacy or marijuana dispensary?
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Marijuana has a rich linguistic tradition. But drive by dispensaries like 'Advanced Medical Alternatives' or 'Alameda Wellness Center,' and you might think you’re passing the office of a physical therapist.
Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953).
Although loneliness may seem timeless and universal, the word seems to have originated in the 16th century,
A grand monument to love.
A loving relationship may be a unique mix of different 'flavours' of love.
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'Milkshake duck', a word created in 2016 on Twitter, is the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year. Efforts to coin new words have a long history and were particularly in vogue in the 1980s.
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Evolutionary biologists ask very similar questions about species to those asked by linguists about languages.
Everyone sees them all, but we don’t all give them the same distinct names.
People across the globe all see millions of distinct colors. But the terms we use to describe them vary across cultures. New cognitive science research suggests it's about what we want to communicate.