Lorna Romm

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The problem with the way we talk — and write — about Muslims and terrorism

By Janell Ross<p>Janell Ross<p>Reporter covering race along with the social and political implications of the nation's rapidly changing demographics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Today, most people are at least aware that certain things one can say will be understood as a stereotype.<p>On the list: He's …

Religion

'Living with a Dead Language' proves that Latin isn't really dead at all

Why one New York book publisher decided to spend her retirement years mastering the language of the Roman Empire.<p>When the recession struck in 2008, …

Speaking Our Language: Can The UK Embrace Foreign Pop?

Britain has always defined itself through pop music, continually used the charts as a mirror for the national psyche. From Harold Wilson giving The …

Donald Trump Uses the Simplest Language

See Trump. See Trump run.<p>Hear Trump speak simple sentences. See Trump connect with crowd.<p>"This was an amazing evening," Republican front-runner …

Carnegie Mellon University

French linguists in uproar over plans to remove the 'i' in onions

New rules to simplify French spelling in primary school textbooks risks turning French into a "text message" language, warn French purists<p>French risks being reduced to the language of “text messaging” when rules to simplify the language take effect in primary school textbooks, linguistic purists …

The Linguistics of 'YouTube Voice'

The attention-grabbing tricks that keep an audience watching, even when people are just talking at a camera<p>Hey guys! What’s up? It’s Julie. And today I want to talk about YouTube voice.<p>So the other day, I was watching this YouTube video from the PBS Idea Channel about whether Ron Weasley from <i>Harry</i> …

Stop Complaining About The Evolution Of Text Language. Period.

Although shaking your fist does burn calories.<p>The receiving end of the text above is an uncomfortable place to be. Why? Because "thanks" ends in a period. Yes, it may just mean "thanks." Or it might mean "thanks, but not really, because your tardiness is <i>annoying</i>."<p>A Binghamton University research …

Teachers More Likely to Have Progressive Speech and Language Disorders

<b>Mayo Clinic researchers have found a surprising occupational hazard for teachers: progressive speech and language disorders. The research, recently</b> …

Let’s call everyone “they”: Gender-neutral language should be the norm, not the exception

<b>(RyanJLane via iStock)</b><p>The NY Times offers “Mx.” and the Washington Post “they” — here’s why we should take that one step further<p>Silpa Kovvali<p>December 5, 2015 10:30pm (UTC)<p>This weekend, the New York Times made headlines. A story, titled “Where Radical Is Sensible,” profiled a Manhattan activist …

Number of people learning a second language by country

<b>Tip:</b> See my list of the Most Common Mistakes in English. It will teach you how to avoid mis­takes with com­mas, pre­pos­i­tions, ir­reg­u­lar verbs, …

Why the Language We Use About Terrorist Attacks Really Matters

My heart goes out to the people of France, especially the residents of Paris. When faced with such unspeakable violence and barbarism humans cannot help but experience a visceral loss of our sense of security. The fear resulting from such a loss can send us straight into our limbic system, and it's …

Terrorism

15 Adorable Facts About How Babies Learn

For the first few years of a baby’s life, everything in the world is new. Learning is a 24/7 process. They have to figure out how to move their …

This 81-year-old woman is the last person who speaks her tribe's language, so she's making a dictionary

There are literally thousands of languages in the world — but, unfortunately, there are also countless languages, dialects, words, and phrases lost …

Language

The 'drunken Aussie accent theory' is another slur on our rich use of English | Clem Bastow

While the theory that the Australian accent arose from the drunkenness of our forebears was reported with glee, there is one problem: it’s rubbish<p>When I was about eight years old, I took to greeting everyone I met with a bright “g’day!” This was not surprising given, having grown up in pre-property …

Study: A fascinating aspect of language looks to be biologically hardwired in our brains

Does the Turkish word <i>küçük</i> (pronounced coo-chook) mean ”big” or “small”? If you guessed the latter without knowing the language, you’re right—and there may be a cognitive explanation for your instinct.<p>In a study published in Cognition earlier this year, researchers tested people’s ability to guess …

English Language Learners: Differentiating Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities

This unique guide for special education teachers, teachers of English language learners, and other practitioners provides the foundational …

Sisters-in-law or sister-in-laws?

If you had more than one sister-in-law, how would you talk about them? Think you know? How about if you wanted to refer to more than one right of …

How Long It Takes English Speakers to Learn Nine Other Common Languages

Learning a new language takes time, and how long it takes, exactly, will vary depending on how similar the language is to the one you speak. This …

Which languages do Europeans learn?

Learning English as a second language is a priority in most European Union nations, according to data from Eurostat. In fact, 77% of EU citizens …

8 German words in English and their pronunciation

When one language borrows from another, words often adapt to the linguistic conditions of the recipient language. This is also the case with the …

The Lexicography Of Cockney Slang

<i>As part of the CRIES OF LONDON season I have devised for Bishopsgate Institute, the foremost lexicographer of slang Jonathon Green is giving a</i> …

15 Words You Cannot Translate Into English

<i>“I don’t know what to do with my life…”</i><p>There have been many times in my life where I have been stuck and not known what to do next. I have agonized …

Motivation

10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language

When people think of world varieties of English and their contribution to the language, they tend to think in terms of unusual loanwords that conjure …

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

Francisco Osorio/Flickr<p>Whether you're trying to sound sophisticated or simply repeating what you've heard, word fails are all too common and can make …

Bilingual children lag behind in language learning early on, but catch up by age five

Given the increasing number of non-English speaking families in the UK, concern has increased over the impact that growing up in a bilingual or …

Ancient whistle language uses whole brain for long-distance chat

You could say they sent the first tweets. An ancient whistling language that sounds a little like birdsong has been found to use both sides of the …

Linguistics

The subtle sounds that English speakers have trouble catching

You've probably noticed how speakers of some languages can't seem to tell certain sounds apart. As a result, they can confuse word pairs such as <i>wet</i> …

Language