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Gertrude Stein’s “Word Portrait” of the Love of Her Life, Illustrated

“Some one who was living was almost always listening. Some one who was loving was almost always listening.”<p><b>Gertrude Stein</b> (February 3, 1874–July 27, 1946) and Alice B. Toklas had one of creative culture’s greatest love stories and were among literary history’s most influential power couples. Their …

Vsauce Asks ‘Is Cereal Soup?’ and Discusses Several Linguistic Concepts and the Limitations of Language

In a recent episode of Vsauce, host Michael Stevens asks, “Is soup cereal?” The question begins a longer conversation about different linguistic …

Are lost languages coming back?

<b>English may be the mainstay language of Britain and its islands, but it's far from the only tongue in town. But while languages like Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic are fiercely protected, others are threatened.</b><p>"Vel oo geearree jough?" says Adrian Cain to his four-year-old son Orry who has …

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Sia's SNL Mime and Sign Language in Pop Music

Last weekend, singer/songwriter Sia was accompanied by a noteworthy performer as she sang her hit "Chandelier" on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>. With his face painted white like a mime, the visual performer used a mix of expressive American Sign Language and interpretive gestures to bring Sia's words to life. …

Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight - MIT Technology Review

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy approached the eastern coast of the United States. At the same time, the English language was undergoing a small …

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The Linguistic Power of the Protest Phrase 'I Can't Breathe'

As tens of thousands of New Yorkers streamed up Fifth Avenue for Millions March NYC on Saturday, the air filled with a now-familiar repertoire of …

Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda

A book has attempted to an unlock ‘one of the funniest and strangest English varieties in the world’. Are you a Uglish speaker? Or fond of another type of colloquialism? Tell us about it<p>Please don’t dirten my shirt with your muddy hands.<p>Stop cowardising and go and see that girl. Don’t just beep her …

Scientists Translate Monkey Sounds To English

Monkeys not only have language, but distinct local dialects. Research into the variations could throw light on both our own linguistics and the way …

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Can birdsong help us understand human language?

The song of the swamp sparrow — a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America — is a simple melodious trill, repeated over …