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WASHINGTON — What happens when 334 linguists, lexicographers, grammarians and etymologists gather in a stuffy lecture hall on a Friday night to debate the lexical trends of the year?
They become the unlikely heroes of the new gender revolution.
That’s what happened here earlier this month anyway, at …Feminism
During the Dutch Language Acquisition lessons the students are learning more about the Dutch language and culture. Most students show a lot of …Netherlands
This unique guide for special education teachers, teachers of English language learners, and other practitioners provides the foundational …Language Learning
Language and Its Acquisition
Few would argue the significance of language in the evolution of the human species. Language serves many critical …
Robert William McCaul and Marek Kiczkowiak debate the merits of Krashen’s theories on second language acquisition. Can second languages be learned in …
Using techniques from evolutionary biology, scientists have traced folk stories back to the Bronze Age.
Stories evolve. As they are told and retold to new audiences, they accumulate changes in plot, characters, and settings. They behave a lot like living organisms, which build up mutations in the …Fairy Tales
The French government has been dictating what counts as the proper French language for almost 400 years now (save for a nasty little break during the French Revolution), but while it may have picked fights with words like "software" and "hashtag," it's apparently never bothered to standardize the …French Language
When my American editor asked me to research why Brits spell their words with so many extra ‘u’s, I immediately knew he had it all wrong. As a British journalist, it’s perfectly obvious to me that we have the correct amount of ‘u’s, and that American spelling has lost its vowels along the …Etymology
Talk about belated recognition. At its meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, the American Dialect Society voted to make the 600-year-old pronoun "they" their word of the year for 2015. Or more precisely, a particular use of that pronoun that grammarians call the singular "they." This is the …Playwrights
The news: Despite growing efforts to make English the official language of the U.S., America's linguistic landscape is only becoming more …Linguistics
Budget cuts, low enrollments, and teacher shortages mean the country is falling behind the rest of the world.
Educators from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., this past Thursday to lobby in the interest of world languages. It was Language Advocacy Day, an annual event on Capitol Hill …Language
By the age of two, children are typically able to say a few hundred words. My son, Alexander, was able to understand almost everything in both languages—Greek and English—but he could say only six words.
Our concerns grew as we watched younger kids overtake his speaking ability. Like many parents, …Language Development
CEO David Bailey describes how he taught himself French in only 17 days
Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.
I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation fluency in 17 days using the following techniques. Note that I had previously …Learning
Helping a tiny baby to learn your language is like building a bonfire with words for twigs. Nothing happens for ages. You keep putting the bloody twigs on and trudging back and forth in a cold, damp field. You may have a faulty pelvic floor and much rather be watching something on the telly with a …Kids
There is an ongoing half-joke about "white people ruining" certain slang words. From "bling bling" to "basic." From "on fleek" to "f**kboy." From "yass" to "ain't nobody got time for that." The "mainstream" appropriation, and subsequent overuse, of black slang is as predictable as the …Vocabulary
How to sound like a native speaker?
When I moved to England for the first time, I really wanted to sound like a native. I felt very strongly that my …How-To's
West Des Moines students could have fewer foreign language options next year.
The school board will vote Monday on a committee recommendation to …
As new batches of US college students sign up to learn languages other than English, foreign language departments are facing a …
English speakers know that their language is odd. So do nonspeakers saddled with learning it. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its …Grammar
Donald Trump’s December 7 Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump’s comments have been denounced by Democrats, Republicans, the …Donald Trump
Learning a new language is great for your brain.
There are ways to reduce your risk of having a stroke — for example, you can exercise more and not smoke. But should a stroke occur, you might also be able to reduce your risk of losing brain function if you are a speaker of more than one language.
In …The Brain
Its name is Heschl’s gyrus and it's found in the area of the primary auditory cortex, that's the cortical structure in charge of processing incoming …
The 1994 Consensus, and the vision that Nelson Mandela had for South Africa, was about embracing diversity and building diverse institutions. We …
In recent years, tech-adjacent roles are seeing unprecedented growth. As the tech industry grows, jobs in support, customer services and more are all …Employment
Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process …Learning
For a long time now, I’ve been working behind the scenes on doing a serious revamp of my flagship product, Fluent in 3 Months Premium. And I’m …Language Learning
Thanksgiving may often be seen as a thoroughly American affair, but variations of this celebration exist in other parts of the world as well. So, to …Language
When a native speaker starts talking in your target language, does it sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher blabbing?
Blah, blah, blah.
Do you struggle to …Language