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Do songbirds share ‘universal grammar’?

A new study suggests that humans and songbirds have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds.<p>Many scientists who …

McGill University

Fearing the death of a dialect - On The Beat

<b>Like most Penangites who are proud of their heritage, the writer is troubled that Hokkien isn’t spoken as much as it used to be.</b><p>IF there’s one clear …

Reason why languages around the world have similar structures – it's all in the brain

There are common threads between most languages spoken in the world and they are linked to the human brain's preference for simplicity.<p>The human …

Where the Bristol accent comes from: It turns out everyone else speaks English the wrong way

To answer this question we have to go back a long way – back before Bristol was a city and even further back than that, to before they started the …

The 'myth' of language history: Languages do not share a single history

The 'myth' of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different …

Anthropology

Evolution Of Language: Universal Grammar Theory Challenged by Shocking Discovery

Nearly 7,000 different languages are spoken across the world. But how these languages evolved has long been a source of debate. Now, a group of …

The death of languages

Endangered languages have sentimental value, it's true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them?<i>By Rebecca Roache</i>Read at Aeon

Language

The Language Detectives

On a Dallas-bound flight in1979, Roger Shuy, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, struck up a conversation about his work with a …

Sinitic is a group of languages, not a single language

Pro-Cantonese sign in Hong Kong: <br>A man holds a sign professing his love for Cantonese as he attends a Hong Kong rally in 2010 against mainland …

Linguistics

Generative Grammar

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>In linguistics, <i>generative grammar</i> is a grammar (or set of rules) that indicates the structure and …

Definition and Discussion of Chomskyan Linguistics

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p><i>Chomskyan linguistics</i> is a broad term for the principles of language and the methods of language study …

Linguistics

lingua franca

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p><b>Definition</b><p>A <i>lingua franca</i> is a language or mixture of languages used as a medium of communication by …

Language

What is the Creole Language?

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>In linguistics, a <i>creole</i> is a type of natural language that developed historically from a pidgin and came …

Universal Grammar (UG)

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Universal grammar is the theoretical or hypothetical system of categories, operations, and principles …

Linguistics

What are Neurolinguistics?

Definition and Examples<p>The interdisciplinary study of language processing in the brain, with an emphasis on the processing of spoken language when …

Language

The man who 'discovered' 780 Indian languages

<b>When Ganesh Devy, a former professor of English, embarked on a search for India's languages, he expected to walk into a graveyard, littered with dead and dying mother tongues.</b><p>Instead, he says, he walked into a "dense forest of voices", a noisy Tower of Babel in one of the world's most populous …

Language

What Is American English (AmE)?

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>The term <i>American English</i> (or <i>North American English</i>) refers broadly to the varieties of the English …

Linguistics

Kazakhstan becomes Qazaqstan after switch to Latin alphabet

Kazakhstan has announced plans to switch the from Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet, its third change in less than 100 years.<p>Kazakhstan President …

Linguistics

Curious Adelaide: Why do South Australians have a different accent to the rest of Australia?

South Australians are sometimes told they sound a bit posh, or a little more British than other Aussies.<p>Like30-year-old …

Language

‘I recognise every word, but I have no idea what you’re saying’

You may know that Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch (PD), is the primary language of most Amish and conservative Mennonite …

Language

The Truth Behind the Spanish Lisp

Why it’s hard to argue there is one Chinese language | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

If the idea of “one China” is found to be debatable, consider the notion of “the Chinese language”.<p>From a linguistic viewpoint, “Chinese” acts like …

Hong Kong

The absolute beginners' guide to Pidgin

The launch of BBC Pidgin on the World Service is recognition that our English is not ‘broken’, but beautiful. Here’s what you need to know about it<p>The launch of BBC Pidgin will come as a bit of a shock to many African parents and headmasters, and will leave many others confused as to why the …

Language

'Game of Thrones' Linguist on Constructing Dothraki, Valyrian

David J. Peterson developed fictional languages from George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novels<p>David J. Peterson, the linguistic mastermind …

Language Contact

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Definition<p><i>Language contact</i> is the social and linguistic phenomenon by which speakers of different …

Linguistics

As Hong Kong braces for Mawar, find out where the word ‘typhoon’ came from | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

With typhoon season in full swing, let’s disentangle the ety­mo­logies circling the word. Hurricanes (in the Atlantic and northeast­ern Pacific …

Hong Kong

No creoles?

Damián Blasi, Susanne Michaelis and Martin Haspelmath, "Grammars are robustly transmitted even during the emergence of creole languages", <i>Nature Human</i> …

Linguistics

With more speakers of Mandarin than Cantonese in Canada now, what future for the southern Chinese dialect there?

If you took a time machine back 50 years to Vancouver and told Toishan speakers their dialect was heading for extinction, they would have laughed at …

Where to Find the Best Collections of Regional Dialects and Local Accents

If you’re trying to learn an accent for an acting role, understand an ESL speaker, or just hear some funny British accents, the Internet has a vast …

Language

Why hasn't Australia developed more diverse regional accents?

Australia may be a continent but when it comes to the English-Australian accent, it's pretty much standard across the states.<p>Researchers from the …

Language