Linguistics

Bad language: why being bilingual makes swearing easier

Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is fairly well-established, but why does it happen? And does that have a knock-on effect for different communities?<p>My dad had a liberal philosophy of childrearing, but he would always tell us off for swearing. As a result, I grew up feeling very uncomfortable …

Language

The most useful language for English speakers to learn, according to an economist

<b>Dear Emily,</b><p><b>I’m gearing up for my freshman year of college, and I’m trying to decide which language to study. I’d like to pick the language that will be most useful and practical in the years ahead. If you had to pick just one, which would you recommend?</b><p><b>-Freshman</b><p>Dear Freshman,<p>As someone who took six …

Language

Episode 57: Slanguage - Study Guide for High School

Check out a printable PDFof this study guide!<p>Do your teachers or parents often correct how you talk? Do you correct how other people talk? John McWhorter is a linguist and he says there is no "right" or "wrong" way to use language. According to Dr. McWhorter, "It's the nature of human language to …

NPR

ELIZABETHAN LANGUAGE

<b>Elizabethan Language</b><br>Why was the Elizabethan Language and Vocabulary different to many of the words in the modern English language that we use today? …

Language

How a Creative Form of American Sign Language Is Used to Visualize the Emotional Power of Music

Estelle Caswell of Vox spoke with Amber Galloway Gallego, a sign language interpreter who is known for creatively visualizing music into …

Language

How sign language innovators are bringing music to the deaf

A growing number of ASL interpreters are bringing visuals to a hearing-centric musical world.<p>Amber Galloway Gallego is one of a growing number of American Sign Language interpreters who specialize in the performing arts. If you frequent music festivals and concerts, you might see her — or an …

Kendrick Lamar

Language disorder - children

Toggle: English / Spanish<p>Definition<p>Language disorder in children refers to problems with either:<p>Getting their meaning or message across to others …

Autism

The Linguistic Reason Why Translating a Song Into Another Language Sacrifices Its Meaning for Melody

In a guest video on Tom Scott‘s channel, Alex of PlayTheMind explains why translating original songs into other languages presents a challenge in …

Language

The Nerds That Make English

‘Lexicographer” is not a seductive word. Samuel Johnson famously defined it, more than 260 years ago, as “a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge.” His own “Dictionary of the English Language” belied this impression of soulless passivity, but the image has stuck. There is a common assumption …

Opinion

Watch Future Islands’ Lyric Video for New Song “Cave,” Expressed Entirely in Sign Language

The latest cut from 'The Far Field' stars Bill De Blasio’s American Sign Language interpreter, Jonathan Lamberton.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey US.</i><p>Baltimore quartet Future Islands have returned with a second new single in advance of their fifth full-length album, <i>The Far Field</i>, due out …

Music

The origin of the word 'honeymoon' is shrouded in a 500-year-old literary hoax

After getting married, couples tend to take a vacation. Honeymoons are a way for couples to focus on spending time with each other, leaving the rest of the world behind.<p>But why on Earth is it called a <i>"honeymoon"</i>? What exactly does it have to do with honey and moons? And when did this whole …

Oxford Dictionary

Dictionary of Canadianisms is a fine birthday gift to Canada: Editorial

From "all-dressed" to "Garburator" - what Canadian English says about Canada.

Language

Translation of the Meanings of The Noble Quran in the Somali (Somalia) Language

The Quran, a book which brings glad tidings to mankind along with divine admonition, stresses the importance of man’s discovery of truth on both …

Qur'an

Badass German Kids Show Performs Intro in Klingon

Hey kids, gather around, we’re going to have some fun today! Or, as we’d like to say this week, “Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam!” A popular German kids show …

Star Trek

BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / The rise of the emoji

Learning English<p>Inspiring language learning since 1943<p>English Change language<p>English You NeedCourses: English You Need<br>• Towards AdvancedCourses: Towards Advanced<br>• Upper-intermediateCourses: Upper-intermediate<br>• IntermediateCourses: Intermediate<br>• Lower-intermediateCourses: Lower-intermediate<br>• English My …

ESL

EAT YOUR FAVORITE FOOD ANYWHERE | HOW TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE OF A MENU | MENU SNAP[Urdu/Hindi]

Language

Idiomatic Language - Idioms Expressing Opinions and Personal Feelings

Idioms - Personal Feelings and Opinions #2<p>Put each of the following, remembering to conjugate, in the correct gap.<p><b>can't bear, be out on a limb, get</b> …

Language

Keeping SA's Barossa Deutsch alive over kaffee und kuchen

When Kevin Rosenzweig's best friend died four years ago, he lost more much than a companion: he lost his language.<p>"I still miss my friend Gordie …

The surprising origins of your f*cking favorite swear words

As a society, we like to swear.<p>Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we age, our dependence on swear words increases to the point where as an adult, we find that the magnitude of our emotions can only be captured by …

Language

Merriam-Webster continues to be the shadiest Twitter account out there

Well, it is definitely official. Merriam-Webster runs the shadiest Twitter page. And by “shadiest,” we mean the realest and most hilarious page ever. …

Language

Why Fresh Words And An Ever-Evolving Dictionary Matter

Language has always been and will always be in a state of flux. As culture changes, the meaning and impact of words evolve too. Seemingly imperceptible shifts occur every day. But while people tend to fall into two camps — those who take to new slang as easily as breathing and those who think that …

Language

How to revive Massachusetts’ first language

In a classroom in the basement of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal resources center, a dozen or so toddlers are speaking a language that until a few …

Language

Where Does The Term 'Fake News' Come From? The 1890s, Apparently

According to Merriam-Webster, the term was around long before Pizzagate.<p>“Fake news” is so ubiquitous now, it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, we barely ever used the term.<p>According to Google Trends, it blew up in November, the month of the 2016 election. Initially, it described the …

Art

Québec Nationalists: Parlez-Vous Freedom? | Pierre-Guy Veer

Since the 1960s, the Québec National Assembly (provincial parliament) has been full of politicians whose explicit goal is to separate Québec from the …

Economics

The Manitoba sound

In the summer of 2000, Sheena Fougere and two friends hopped a plane bound for London. The trip was no work, all play: just a fun girls’ getaway, a …

Language

How Speaking Another Language Can Change Your Personality

More and more, research is showing that language goes a lot deeper than communication. The way you speak impacts the way you think, changing …

Language

Which 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 …

Education

How English Creates a New Caste System in India

<i>Contemporary India has created a system in which the majority of Indian youth find little educational and economic value in learning their native and</i> …

Language

Did Samsung pick the wrong name for its voice assistant?

By Hayley Tsukayama, (c) 2017, The Washington Post<p>If Samsung has its way, we’ll all be bellowing voice commands to Bixby, the company’s new voice …

Samsung

New words notes March 2017 - Oxford English Dictionary

In this quarterly update, the <i>Oxford English Dictionary</i> adds over 500 new words, phrases, and senses. In keeping with the <i>OED</i>’s broad scope, the list …

Etymology