Linguistics

Manchester University must think again about cuts to languages

A proposal to shed linguists and cross-cultural experts is clearly against the best interests of the UK, write 15 senior representatives for modern languages in the UK<p>As senior representatives for modern languages in the UK, we are surprised and disturbed to hear that the University of Manchester …

Language

Half Girlfriend, Hindi Medium, and why we love films about English Vinglish

Both the releases this Friday, 19 May, <i>Hindi Medium</i> and <i>Half Girlfriend</i> dealt with how knowing the English language can drastically change your life …

Auckland language expert contradicts Chomsky's 'big bang' origins theory

An expert in the origins of language says every pressure to create a universal one is matched by ones to retain them.<p>University of Auckland Emeritus …

Language

How the Word 'Goth' Evolved Throughout the Ages

In a Ted Ed Lesson animated by Miguel Otálora and Jorge Jaramillo, educator Dan Adams explains the history of the word “goth” and its evolution from …

Goth

The name's English, Johnny English... Rowan Atkinson to reprise his role as buffoon spy in Johnny English 3

Just when you thought it you was safe from that buffoon of a spy from ever making a return – no not Bond but his parody counterpart, Johnny English …

Movies

Tracking the amazing journey of Boo Boo the whale shark

Boo Boo the whale shark is back.<p>As if to welcome a new whale shark season, the popular 7m giant of the ocean has returned to Ningaloo after another …

Oceans

Influence of the climate and geography on the phonemes

I would like to construct a language for a fictional world. From what I gathered in different places, the first element to consider are the phoneme …

Climate

The surprising pattern behind color names around the world

Why so many languages invented words for colors in the same order.<p>In 1969, two Berkeley researchers, Paul Kay and Brent Berlin, published a book on a pretty groundbreaking idea: Every culture in history invented words for colors in the exact same order.<p>They reached their conclusion based on a …

Language

Tasmanian kids star in language episode of Little J and Big Cuz

Three Tasmanian Aboriginal children have starred in a new animated television series, broadcast in one of the state's Indigenous languages.<p>The new …

Language

Why do some accents sound better than others?

When a funeral planning business recently decided to open its new contact centre in Newport, South Wales, it said it was doing so because Welsh …

Language

Names Aren’t Neutral: David J. Peterson on Creating a Fantasy Language

A common bit of advice given to writers is that story comes first; everything else comes second. With respect to fantasy, this advice is often …

Language

Cardiff University criticised over Welsh language complaint

<b>Cardiff University has failed to adhere to its own Welsh language scheme, according to a report.</b><p>Failures included sending an English only response to an email in Welsh, according to the findings from the Welsh Language Commissioner.<p>The university told BBC Cymru Fyw it accepted the report's findings …

Censorship

Noam Chomsky says the Republican Party is 'more dangerous than Isis'

The US Republican Party is “the most dangerous organisation in human history”, Noam Chomsky has said.<p>The academic and author made the claim during an …

Elections

Beowulf Literacy Pack (Anglo-Saxons)

SPECIAL OFFER! Get this resource for free today using code FREEFIRSTBUY at checkout!<p>The Beowulf Literacy Pack contains a complete unit of work for …

Literacy

Noam Chomsky says he would vote for Jeremy Corbyn if he were British

Radical US academic compares Labour leader to US's Bernie Sanders<p>Professor Noam Chomsky would vote for Jeremy Corbyn if he were British, the …

Referendums

Here Is A Comprehensive Definition Of Linguistics And Its Structure

The scientific study of language is called linguistics and it encompasses various sub-fields of study. In the past, the study of language was …

Language

Bede

Bede (c. 673 CE - 735 CE) was an English monk, historian, and scholar who lived in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is at times referred to as the …

Ancient History

English could be a more succesful Esperanto in a post-Brexit EU

So far the use of language in Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom has been nothing more than a subplot. And yet, it …

Brexit

The language you speak changes your perception of time

Time is relative<p>The shortest unit of time is that period between hitting the snooze button and hearing your alarm go off again. Wait, is that the <i>shortest</i> unit of time or the <i>smallest</i> unit of time?<p>Shortest versus smallest isn’t actually a question of grammatical punctiliousness. Different languages …

Psychology

Tell Me What Languages You Know and I'll Tell You How You Read

<i>Summary: Findings could have positive implications for education and teaching bilingual children how to read.</i><p>Source: FECYT.<p><b>The way bilingual people</b> …

Neuroscience

Linguistics Breakthrough Heralds Machine Translation for Thousands of Rare Languages

The best guess is that humans currently speak about 6,900 different languages. More than half the global population communicates using just a handful …

Machine Learning

Lingua franca: Britain is leaving the EU, but its language will stay

Lingua francaBritain is leaving the EU, but its language will stay<p>Despite Jean-Claude Juncker’s joke, Anglophones should rest easy<p>Europe<p>May 9th …

Brexit

NAPLAN: 'Bilingualism offers success', says deputy principal

More than one million students across Australia have started this year's round of NAPLAN testing.<p>NAPLAN ranks a student's literacy and numeracy …

Bilingualism

How we categorise colour is based on biology, not culture, study suggests

Different languages group colours differently, suggesting categories are cultural, but study into how babies respond to colour indicates a biological root<p>Categories of colour are not born of language but are rooted in biology, according to research that shows babies divide colours up into red, …

Biology

The Romance of Women's Friendships

Deborah Tannen’s new book explores the idea that platonic relationships can be as fulfilling—and as fraught—as their romantic counterparts.<p>These are, in some ways, very good times for the Bechdel test. Recent movies have offered up nuanced, celebratory portrayals of women’s friendship. Recent TV …

Relationships

How Curse Words And Swearing Improves Strength And Other Virtues

We may have been taught to keep swearing to a minimum, as it’s seen as rude and vulgar, new research suggests that in certain situations, swearing …

Language

Swearing Can Boost Strength and Reduce the Sensation of Pain

Source: SFerdon/Shutterstock<p>Recent research on the ability of swearing to increase pain tolerance, strength, and overall physical performance …

Psychology

Israel Cabinet committee pushing bill to downgrade Arabic, make Hebrew lone official language

<b>Jerusalem:</b> An Israeli Cabinet committee is pushing forward a bill that downgrades Arabic as an official language of the country.<p>Israel Prime Minister …

Israel

Good News, Humans: Swearing Can Actually Make You Stronger

No <bleep>, no gain.<p>If you need that extra push to complete a cycle ride or gym workout, then you might want to let out an expletive or two, because …

Research

The great British crack-up

<i>Could Brexit spell the end of the United Kingdom — leaving "Little England" to go it alone? Here's everything you need to know:</i><p><b>Why might the U.K.</b> …

Brexit