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Lost in Translation

New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world

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Do different languages confer different personalities?

It’s an exciting notion, the idea that one’s very self could be broadened by the mastery of two or more languages.

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The Syllable Everyone Recognizes

Are there words that are universally understood, across all countries and cultures? A team of linguists has proposed one: “huh.”

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Words that last

A research team led by Mark Pagel at the University of Reading in England has identified 23 “ultraconserved words” that have remained largely unchanged for 15,000 years.

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On the Origin of ‘Shyster’

Master etymologist Gerald Cohen knows how jazz got its name, why they’re called hot dogs, and much more

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Really? Musical Training and Language Skills Enhance One Another

A musical background can enhance one’s ability to learn a second language. But now scientists have shown that the relationship can work in reverse.

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John J. Gumperz, Linguist of Cultural Interchange, Dies at 91

One of the leading authorities on discourse analysis, which studies not only who says what to whom, but also how it is said and in what context.

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How Can We Stlil Raed Words Wehn Teh Lettres Are Jmbuled Up?

Researchers in the UK have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word.

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