Language's Mermaids

By Leonardo Vannucci | About languages all over the World

Mothers Across Languages Use Similar Tones With Babies

A new study shows that mothers change the timbre of their voices when speaking to babies, no matter what language they speak. The study came out of …

Language

World’s Oldest Written Language Has Its Own Dictionary Available Online for Free

Looking to pick up a second language? If you really want to impress your friends, consider Akkadian, the now extinct language of Mesopotamia. And to help you, the University of Chicago has recently made its 21-volume Akkadian dictionary available with a free download online.<p>All jokes aside, …

Language

How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

Learning a second language as an adult is difficult. But the process may be eased if you exercise while learning.<p>A new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to …

Language Learning

Is Learning A New Language Still Beneficial?

With English becoming a universal language all over the world, does learning a new language still give one’s career a boost in terms of job …

Extroverts quicker at picking up a new language than introverts

Extroverts learning a new language may be better at speaking and reading, but introverts are better listeners, scientists have found.<p>Researchers …

Language

Why do human beings speak so many languages? - Salon.com

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

Linguistics

10 Ways to Earn Extra Money with Foreign Language Skills

It is the dream of language lovers and others of our ilk to forge careers or even just earn extra money with foreign language skills. For some of us, …

Your Brain Remembers Languages You Think You Forgot

New evidence suggests that the earliest traces of a language can stay with us into adulthood, even if we no longer speak or understand the language …

All talk: Cormac McCarthy on language

Santa Fe has its own form of celebrity culture, in which iconoclastic literary maestro Cormac McCarthy is welcomed as a respected scientific mind by …

Literature

‘Anumeric’ People: What Happens When a Language Has No Words for Numbers?

From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?<p>Numbers do not …

Language

The Guardian view on computers and language: reproducing bias

The English language is full of value judgments. These are taken over by the computer algorithms that use it. What can we do about these unconscious biases?<p>“Reason is and ought only to be the slave of the passions,” wrote David Hume. Language, our instrument of reason, is saturated with value …

Diversity