"Never asked": Woman not telling boyfriend she speaks his language backed
A bilingual woman was dragged by her boyfriend when he discovered that she spoke Spanish—but should she have told him sooner?
Stanford slammed for putting "American" on forbidden word list: "Take that"
The list was initially meant for a particular department but has gone public for its wide array of language deemed harmful.
How Putin's justification for invading Ukraine backfired
For centuries, Russian dominated Ukrainian culture. Now, recent Kyiv legislation—criticized by some commentators—and Ukrainian influencers are seeking change.
Stanford linguists show how Nazis got away with murder
The team analyzed the language used in propaganda between 1927 and 1945 to understand how Nazis dehumanized Jews.
Killer Whales Can Imitate Human Speech
New research shows that orcas are amazingly good at imitating human speech.
People Lie Less When Speaking their Native Language
It's easier to lie when you're not speaking your native language.
Why We Say Both Fall and Autumn for the Same Season
The name confusion tells a story of two nations divided by a common language.
Your Identity Can Be Revealed From Just Two Words
A forensic linguist figured out a way to identify someone, thanks to a study using a database of Enron emails.
Drinking Alcohol Makes Learning a New Language Easier
We see bars in foreign countries in your future.
New Robot Could Help Children Learn Language
Toddlers pay attention to the tool—for several minutes at a time.
Baby Talk is a Highly Evolved Language
That goofy way you talk to your baby actually has a very important purpose.
Grammar May Evolve Faster Than Vocabulary
New research may challenge what we thought we knew about the evolution of language, suggesting that grammar evolves faster than the lexicon.
Why Are There So Many Different Languages in the World?
The thousands of languages spoken around the world are unevenly spread—researchers have a theory about why far more are spoken in tropical regions of the world.
Why Tolkien's Tradition of Fantasy Languages Prevailed
From Elvish languages of the Middle Earth to Dothraki, fantasy languages are alive and well.
You Are 100% Wrong About the Pronunciation of 'GIF'
Choosey moms choose GIF—with a hard G.
Facebook Algorithm Detects Slang Before It's Cool
Is it 'on fleek' to be 'snatched' or is 'snatched' the new 'on fleek'? Facebook's new software is aiming to find out.
Will Hinglish Replace English as India's Lingua Franca?
Using Hinglish is not a choice. Speakers cannot speak monolingual Hindi or monolingual English.
Differences of Human Languages Driven by Climate and Environment
Factors like tree cover, temperature and the rugged terrain shaped how different our languages sound, according to new research.
You're 100 Percent Wrong About Math Scores
American schools don't suck because of STEM classes; they suck because nobody learns how to write.
'The Imitation Game' Sparks a New Wave of Code-Breakers
The maths department at Manchester University is flooded with entrants for its code-breaking competition
Using Twitter, Linguists Find Global 'Superdialects'
Researchers discovered urbanites from cities across the globe sound closer to each other than to their rural cousins at home