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Linguistic construction called the "verb second constraint" could explain how people acquire language

A new research project examining a linguistic construction called the verb second constraint could, academics believe, help to explain how people …

Research

A linguistic look at YA

As some of you know, I’m currently studying to get my MA in linguistics. In my field, you can study basically anything pertaining to language. I’ve …

These linguists studied female Disney characters — what they found is startling

Did you know Aurora in <i>Sleeping Beauty</i> only speaks 18 sentences? It’s no surprise then that the film gets a bad rap for its lack of leading lady …

How did our linguistic ancestors talk? Listen in

Did the lost common language Proto-Indo-European sound like this? Listen to a linguist's reconstructed fables about sheep, horses, and a king.

Archaeology

Essential ESL & Linguistics Resources for Language Teachers

Bilingual and early language teachers are more important than ever in 2016. More than 5 million students in the public school system are learning English. The Census Bureau reports over 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes. Knowing how many people speak these languages in a particular area provides …

Language Learning

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> …

Linguistics

You Really Can't Always Believe Your Eyes--And Linguistics Proves It...

Words and language Twitter account @HaggardHawks recently spread its wings over to YouTube, and this week posted a language experiment explaining one of the most bizarre linguistic phenomena discovered in recent years.<p>The McGurk Effect was discovered in 1976 by the British psychologist and linguist …

Bernie Sanders: a linguistic analysis - Vox

This year, there are two major presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — who speak with a New York City accent. And Queens College linguist Michael Newman thinks it might be good for their brand.<p>Writing in the New York Times, he said, "Americans have come to associate New Yorkers, …

Bernie Sanders

Sounds Help Develop Speech and Gestures in Children With Autism

<b>Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics</b> …

<em>Why Only Us</em>: The language paradox

WHEN the Linguistic Society of Paris was founded in 1873, it famously included in its constitution a prohibition against speculating on the …

Here's How to Start Fights and Insult Strangers in Nine Foreign Languages

We asked our European VICE offices about their countries' rich traditions when it comes to cursing: The Serbians will threaten to fuck the first row of people at your funeral, while the Danish will call you an "ass banana."<p>No matter how many hours of your life you've spent on yoga and mindfulness, …

Synaesthesia could help us understand how the brain processes language

When we speak, listen, read, or write, almost all of the language processing that happens in our brains goes on below the level of conscious awareness. We might be aware of grasping for a particular forgotten word, but we don’t actively think about linguistic concepts like morphemes (the building …

Consciousness

10 Great Platforms To Learn Languages For Free

I honestly feel quite insecure every time someone tells me that they can speak more than one language. One of the disadvantages of English being your …

Language Learning

5 Languages that the Most Successful Leaders Speak

To prevent you from putting a ceiling on your potential, we’ve broken down the top 5 foreign languages that successful leaders must learn.

Language