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Hundreds injured as Spain cracks down on Catalan referendum

<b>Barcelona, Spain (CNN) —</b> Spanish national police launched a widespread crackdown on Catalonia's disputed independence referendum Sunday, raiding polling stations and firing rubber bullets in a concerted attempt to deny the vote legitimacy.<p>In scenes that reverberated around Spain, riot police …

Europe

Numbers 'were my mother tongue': How autistic savant Daniel Tammet sees language

<b>Daniel Tammet</b> is a most extraordinary man. He sees the world very differently than most people.<p>For him, words and numbers and pictures and emotions …

Found: 30 Lost English Words That May Deserve a Comeback

A treat for all you snout-fair wordsmiths.<p>A team of linguists at the University of York has excavated 30 “lost” words from the English language. …

Cognitive Linguistics

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Cognitive linguistics is a cluster of overlapping approaches to the study of language as a mental …

Why learning languages is as important as ever

<b>One writer claims it's pointless now that English is so widely spoken. I beg to differ.</b><p>Simon Jenkins thinks learning foreign languages is pointless. …

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.<p>Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people.<p>It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce …

Why don’t British singers sound British when they sing?

Dear Cecil:<p>Why do English singers seem to lose their accent when they sing?<p>Illustration by Slug Signorino<p>Cecil replies:<p>You’re not the only one …

Being fluent in 2 languages might literally change how you perceive time

Being bilingual already has a long list of benefits. Research suggests that it boosts creativity and memory, strengthens multitasking and slows down …

The endangered languages of the world in one cool map

ACCORDING to Ethnologue, there are 7,099 languages spoken today in the world, one-third of which are endangered, often with less than 1,000 remaining …

The linguistic diversity of the world in one map

WE HAVE previously looked at the incredible linguistic diversity of New York City, the inability of many Europeans to hold a conversation in English, …

Merriam-Webster's Twitter just threw so much shade, you won't ever need sunscreen again

Merriam-Webster's Twitter account is the hero we all need during this trying time in our country.<p>The dictionary's official account has pulled no …

Keep Pretending To Understand Babies—It Makes Them Smarter

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

What languages should children be learning to get ahead?

There are 7,099 known languages in the world today. Choosing which of these to teach our children as a second language is an important decision, but …

15 English words you probably didn't know came from Hebrew and Yiddish

I'm sure you can think of words that come from Hebrew or Yiddish — religious words like <i>rabbi</i> and <i>torah</i>, food words like <i>bagel</i> and <i>latke</i>, cultural words …

This Chart of a Baby’s First 100 Words Explains How We Learn Language

We tend to think of a baby’s first word as a dividing point, marking the end of one phase and the beginning of another: They’re not talking yet, and …

Language Learning