Linguistics

Where the Bristol accent comes from: It turns out everyone else speaks English the wrong way

To answer this question we have to go back a long way – back before Bristol was a city and even further back than that, to before they started the …

Language

This is what it’s like to feel excluded in Wales because of your language and colour

It snowed in the Valleys in November 1980. Merthyr Tydfil, where I was at the time, looked like something from a chocolate box. A light dusting of …

News (Wales)

The School of British Accents — Learn The Scouse Accent

“Wool!" Are you about to read an article about sheep? No, of course not! Chances are, if you didn’t get that we’re about to take a look at Scouse, …

Language

‘December’ in European languages

<b>Tip:</b> See my list of the Most Common Mistakes in English. It will teach you how to avoid mis­takes with com­mas, pre­pos­i­tions, ir­reg­u­lar verbs, …

Language

Can Forensic Linguistics Pin Down the Author of a Trump Tweet?

Using data to assess whether the president's lawyer really wrote a message that renewed questions about obstruction of justice.<p>On Saturday, a single tweet from Donald Trump—or at least one from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account—seemed to turn everyone into an amateur forensic linguist, sifting …

Politics

‘Jamaika-Aus’ voted German Word of the Year for 2017

The term not only stands for the collapse of talks to form a new government, it is also linguistically interesting, language experts at GfdS …

Alyssa Milano

Brains of Bilingual People Solve Math Problems Differently — NOVA Next

For anyone who’s breezed through literature class yet struggled with algebra, it may surprise you that language and math skills are more closely …

Neuroscience

What Are The 5 Love Languages? Knowing Yours Can Help You Be A Better Partner

Love. What a loaded word we use to describe about a million different things. It's something that can felt from miles away and meaningfully expressed …

Relationships

Global 'goo-goo': What baby talk sounds like around the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> We all use baby talk when we babble with bundles of joy, but does how we talk to infants vary across cultures?<p>The answer seems to be yes and no.<p>"Some cultures talk more or less to babies, some not at all," said Mark VanDam, assistant professor of speech and hearing sciences in the Elson S. …

Psychology

New funding for Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories

Up to $250,000 per year for 3 years available to eligible applicants<p>A new Government of the Northwest Territories fund will support language …

Northern Canada

‘Saluton!’: the surprise return of Esperanto

Long seen as a hobby for idealistic eccentrics, the constructed language has had a resurgence in the age of Brexit and Trump. And it’s all centred on a small village near Stoke on Trent<p>In the village of Barlaston, just outside Stoke-on-Trent, a strange language can be heard. It’s not the friendly …

UK News

CEO of Startup Using AI to Transcribe Languages Tells Us How It Beat Google

Speechmatics has big plans.<p>By on<p>Filed Under A.I., Data & Google<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Speechmatics …

Artificial Intelligence

UN moves to protect whistled ‘bird language’ in Turkey’s Black Sea region

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency<p>The whistled “bird language” used by small groups of Black Sea villagers in remote northern Turkey has joined a UNESCO list of …

Turkey

Humor Psychology: The Funniest Words in the English Language

‘Which word is funnier: porridge or oatmeal?’ This is the question one of us recently posed to the other.* Clearly, the notion was insane. Surely …

Psychology

The Push to Make French Gender-Neutral

Can changing the structure of a language improve women’s status in society?<p>“My homeland is the French language,” author Albert Camus once wrote—and many French people would agree. That’s why any attempt at changing the language is often met with suspicion. So the uproar was almost instantaneous …

Gender

Map Reveals How Long It Takes To Learn Different Languages

The Romance languages, based mainly on Latin, are among the most approachable, and include French, Spanish, and Italian. Tongues like Dutch, Danish, …

Language Learning

Wow! Really? Hungarian is Officially One of the World’s Hardest Languages!

<b>In the latest installment of our (semi)regular segment, Wow! Really? we examine little-known or unexpected facts about Hungary and Hungarian culture.</b> …

Language Learning

Speaking In a Second Language Develops a More Rational Mind, Study Finds

Superstition is everywhere in our modern lives. Each Friday the 13th, nearly a billion dollars in business is avoided because people are afraid that …

Psychology

Reason why languages around the world have similar structures – it's all in the brain

There are common threads between most languages spoken in the world and they are linked to the human brain's preference for simplicity.<p>The human …

Machine Learning

Fearing the death of a dialect - On The Beat

<b>Like most Penangites who are proud of their heritage, the writer is troubled that Hokkien isn’t spoken as much as it used to be.</b><p>IF there’s one clear …

Malaysia

Spotlight on the Mapuche Language

Eddie Avila explains that a key right for indigenous communities is the right to communicate in their own language. There's technical, linguistic and …

Liberal View

What Are the Most Effective Strategies for Learning a Foreign Language?: Six TED Talks Provide the Answers

Earlier this week we featured the Foreign Service Institute's list of languages ranked by how long they take to learn. Now that you have a sense of …

Language Learning

Top 10 Times People Created Their Own Language

The idea of people creating their own language might sound bizarre, but as we are about to find out, it does happen. Sometimes, the languages were …

Language

How We Talk review: N.J. Enfield and the importance of every um, er and like

SOCIETY<p><b>How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation</b><p><b>By N.J. Enfield</b><p><b>Basic Books, $26.99</b><p>Most studies of language written for non-specialists seem to …

Language

Do songbirds share ‘universal grammar’?

A new study suggests that humans and songbirds have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds.<p>Many scientists who …

Biology

Learning a new language changes the way you perceive reality

Learning a new language is a humbling process, because it basically means accepting that every word you know is wrong. The elaborate lexicon you’ve developed over the years suddenly becomes useless: the movie quotes you know, your street slang, old-fashioned words you ironically use—everything …

Language

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Language Learning

The 7 accents of 'Game of Thrones' explained for non-Brits

The visuals of <i>Game of Thrones</i> may be fading from your memory now that Season 7 is in the rear-view mirror (also now that Season 8 isn't likely to hit …

Game of Thrones

Get started with NLP (Part I)

<i>This is the first part of a series of Natural Language Processing tutorials for beginners.</i><p>Introduction:<p>Nowadays, language is getting a lot of …

Machine Learning

Bilingual workplaces increasingly common in Quebec, census shows

As the use of French as the predominant language in the workplace drops slightly, bilingual workplaces are becoming more common in Quebec, according …

Quebec